Iran IR replaces Japan to lead Asia in latest FIFA World Ranking


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AFC: Kuala Lumpur (September 16, 2021) The Islamic Republic of Iran is the top-ranked Asian men’s team in the latest FIFA World Ranking released on Thursday.

IR Iran replaced Japan at the top of the Asian standings after their perfect start to the AFC Asian qualifiers – Road to Qatar earlier this month.

Dragan Skocic’s side beat Iraq 3-0 and Syria 1-0 in Group A as they began their attempt to advance to a third consecutive FIFA World Cup final as they went from 22nd to 26th.

Japan’s loss to Oman in their opening game of the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar Group B saw the Blue Samurai drop to second in the FIFA World Ranking. They rebounded, however, with a 1-0 victory over PR China in their second game with Hajime Moriyasu’s now ranked 26th side.

Australia remain third, but their perfect start to the AFC Asian qualifiers – with Graham Arnold’s side beating China PR 3-0 and Vietnam 1-0 – saw the Socceroos move up three places to win. rank 32nd.

The Republic of Korea – who drew 0-0 with Iraq and beat Lebanon 1-0 in Group A of the AFC Asian qualifiers – remain in 36th place while Qatar – who play in the European qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup for the exhibition – lost a place to 43.

Saudi Arabia’s 3-1 and 1-0 victories over Vietnam and Oman in the AFC Asian qualifiers respectively, saw the West Asian team advance five places to place 56th.

The United Arab Emirates, which opened their AFC Asian qualifying campaign with draws against Lebanon and Syria, fell one place to 69. Iraq fell two places to 72nd, China PR to three places in the 75th, Oman improving by one place in the 78th to complete the standings. 10 Asian accompaniments.

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