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FIFA rankings: India drop 10 places, Germany leads

India have dropped below the 100th spot for the first time since May.

IANS  |  Zurich 

The Indian team after beating Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in an AFC Asia Cup qualifier in Bengaluru last month. Photo: PTI
The Indian team. Photo: PTI

The Indian football team have dropped 10 places to 107 in the rankings released on Thursday. tops the list after displacing to the second spot.

The Sunil Chhetri-led side registered two victories and a draw in three matches after they were placed at the 97th spot in August. But this did not help

defeated Mauritius and held St Kitts and Nevis to a draw to clinch the Tri-nation football series before defeating Macau in an away fixture in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup Qualification third round.

The Tri-nation football series didn't fall on the designated match days, and so they were not counted for the rankings.

have dropped below the 100th spot for the first time since May.

Meanwhile, displaced to take the top spot. The reigning World Cup champions rose one spot from last month's rankings while are currently placed second.

Current European champions Portugal climbed three rungs to the third spot while Argentina dropped one spot to the fourth position. Belgium, Poland, Switzerland, France, Chile and Colombia round off the top 10.

Iran continued to be the top ranked nation in Asia although it dropped one spot to 25th. Japan are the second highest in the continent at 40 followed by Australia (50), South Korea (51) and Saudi Arabia (53).

Egypt was the highest ranked among African nations at 30 followed by Tunisia (31), Senegal (33) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (42).

Zambia made some dramatic gains, jumping 18 places to make their strongest ever rise in the rankings. The former African champions rose from 96th to 78th following back-to-back victories over formidable Algeria in the World Cup qualifiers.

The defeats cost Algeria dearly as they dropped 14 places to 62.

First Published: Fri, September 15 2017. 04:05 IST
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