Vietnam drop out of Asia top 15 after World Cup qualifier defeats

By Hoang An   October 21, 2021 | 08:03 pm GMT-8
Vietnam drop out of Asia top 15 after World Cup qualifier defeats
Midfielder Nguyen Hoang Duc (number 14) in the World Cup qualifiers match between China and Vietnam on October 7, 2021. Photo by Asian Football Confederation
Vietnam have fallen out of Asia’s top 15 for the first time in two years in FIFA’s world rankings.

In the October update of the rankings, Vietnam lost 21.19 points to fall from 95th to 98th in the world and 17th in Asia.

In October 2019 the country had entered the top 15 for the first time in two decades.

With two losses in October in World Cup qualifiers, 2-3 to China and 1-3 to Oman, Vietnam established their longest losing streak ever of five matches.

They could exit the top 100 if they lose the next two World Cup qualifiers against Japan on October 11 and Saudi Arabia on the 16th.

The Golden Dragons will play both matches at home at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.

In Southeast Asia, however, Vietnam remain top dogs followed by Thailand and the Philippines.

The world’s top three currently are Belgium, Brazil and France.

 
 
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