Vietnam slip down FIFA ranking

By Hoang An   September 16, 2021 | 10:36 pm PT
Vietnam slip down FIFA ranking
Striker Nguyen Tien Linh during the World Cup qualifiers game between Vietnam and Australia on September 7, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Lam Thoa
Two recent World Cup qualifier losses had Vietnam drop three places in the September update of FIFA rankings.

Vietnam slid from 92nd to 95th on the ranking. In Asia, the Golden Dragons also descended from 13th to 15th.

After the 1-3 defeat against Saudi Arabia and 0-1 against Australia in early September, Vietnam lost 16.76 points. The team’s current total points tally is 1244.09, only 0.46 less than Luxembourg.

Belgium are still topping the world ranking, followed by Brazil and England. In Asia, Japan lost first place to Iran after a surprising 0-1 defeat against Oman in their World Cup qualifier.

Vietnam stayed on top of Southeast Asia, followed by Thailand, who dropped to 122nd in world rankings. In third are the Philippines.

The highest world ranking Vietnam have achieved was 84th in September 1998.

Vietnam will have the chance to improve their ranking in the next World Cup qualifiers game with China on Oct. 7 and Oman on the 12th.

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