- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 28, 2015

LONDON (AP) - Bayern Munich returned to the top of the Associated Press Global Football 10 on Tuesday after securing a place in the semifinals of the Champions League and winning the German Bundesliga for the 25th time.

Bayern overturned a 3-1 first leg loss to Porto with a 6-1 demolition of the Portuguese side in the return fixture of Europe’s elite club competition.

Pep Guardiola’s team then beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 before other results in Germany made its points tally of 76 unassailable, securing the league title.

“Just after humiliating Porto in an unforgettable Champions League night, Bayern Munich celebrated their third Bundesliga title in a row,” Aurelio Capaldi of RAI Sport in Italy said. “They have quality, intensity and mental strength to get out of a bad situation when they (rarely) face it.”

Barcelona is second, with Real Madrid third. Both teams won two out of two last week and join Bayern in the Champions League semifinals, alongside Juventus.

Paris Saint-Germain is fourth after routing Lille 6-1.

Italian side Napoli is fifth after securing a place in the semifinals of the Europa League on Thursday and following up with a 4-2 victory at home to Sampdoria in Serie A.

Everton, Lyon, Chelsea, Sevilla and Torino complete the top 10 teams of the week.

Javier Hernandez took first place in the player poll after scoring three times in Madrid’s two victories.

The 26-year-old Mexico striker, on loan at Madrid from Manchester United, converted from close range in the 88th minute to give Carlo Ancelotti’s side a 1-0 victory over city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

Hernandez followed up his goal with two more to lead Madrid to a 4-2 win at Celta Vigo.

“Hernandez looked outside the Real Madrid squad at one point in the season, but appeared in the most important time,” Leonardo Bertozzi of ESPN in Brazil said. “He may not be the most technical player in the world, but he knows positioning inside the area and this is fundamental to a scorer.”

Neymar scored in both of Barcelona’s wins last week and takes second place, as his side maintained its two-point lead atop the Spanish league.

“The little Brazilian Neymar delivered in both the Champions League and La Liga to keep Barcelona on track for success in both competitions,” Marco Monteverde of News Corp. Australia said.

Ezequiel Lavezzi of Paris Saint-Germain is third after scoring a hat trick in his team’s big win over Lille.

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is fourth and Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann takes fifth for scoring twice as his team beat Elche 3-0 on Saturday.

Thiago Alcantara, John Terry, Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski and Lionel Messi round out the top 10 players.


Associated Press Global Football 10:


1. Javier Hernandez, 90 points.

2. Neymar, 83.

3. Ezequiel Lavezzi, 68.

4. Gonzalo Higuain, 62.

5. Antoine Griezmann, 53.

6. Thiago Alcantara, 49.

7. John Terry, 36.

8. Thomas Mueller, 32.

9. Robert Lewandowski, 26.

10. Lionel Messi, 25.



1. Bayern Munich, 115 points.

2. Barcelona, 84.

3. Real Madrid, 75.

4. Paris Saint-Germain, 65.

5. Napoli, 51.

6. Everton, 45.

7. Lyon, 43.

8. Chelsea, 40.

9. Sevilla, 30.

10. Torino, 25.

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