Qatar improved their rankings with three spots to 93rd in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday.
Qatar on 1258 points, had two impressive results in their recent friendlies. They defeated eight-placed Switzerland in Lugano. Then and held 37th-ranked Iceland to a 2-2 draw in a match played in Belgium.
Iran have moved up one rung to 29 to remain Asia’s top team while the top five have remained unchanged with Australia as Asia’s second best team, moving one spot up to 41st and Japan are third at 50th. Korea Republic are 53rd, and are the continent’s fourth best- ranked team in the latest FIFA World Ranking.
Meanwhile, Belgium remain in first place, despite a crushing 5-2 Nations League defeat against Switzerland last week. The Red Devils top the bill on 1,727 points, retaining a slim one-point lead over world champions France who also had to swallow a defeat, against the Netherlands.
Brazil drew closer in third position with 16,76 points in an unchanged top-10, ahead of World Cup finalists Croatia, England, Portugal, Uruguay, Switzerland, Spain and Denmark - with Portugal and Uruguay swapping places.
Portugal (6th, up 1) were the team to benefit from Uruguay’s slide down the table, while the Nations League successes of group winners Sweden and the Netherlands (joint-14th, up 3 and 1 respectively) are reflected in their improved positions.
Morocco (40th, up 7) were the top biggest climbers in top 50s after morale-boosting victories over Tunisia (26th, down 4) and Cameroon. The former result also benefited Senegal (23, plus 2), who have replaced the Tunisians as Africa’s top-ranked team.
The final rankings of the year are issued on December 20.
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