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Published: 1104 GMT September 17, 2021

Iran replace Japan as Asia's top side in latest FIFA World Ranking

Iran replace Japan as Asia's top side in latest FIFA World Ranking

Iran are the top ranked men's Asian team in the latest FIFA World Ranking issued on Thursday.

Iran replaced Japan at the top of the Asian ranking following their perfect start to the AFC Asian Qualifiers – Road to Qatar – earlier this month, wrote.

Dragan Skocic's side defeated Iraq 3-0 and Syria 1-0 in Group A as they began their bid to qualify for a third consecutive FIFA World Cup Finals as they moved up to 22nd from 26th.

Japan's defeat to Oman in their opening AFC Asian Qualifiers Group B match saw the Blue Samurai drop to second in the FIFA World Ranking. They, however, rebounded with a 1-0 win over China in their second match with Hajime Moriyasu's side now ranked 26th.

Australia remain third but their perfect start to the AFC Asian Qualifiers, with Graham Arnold's side defeating China 3-0 and Vietnam 1-0, saw the Socceroos moving up three places to 32nd.

South Korea, who drew 0-0 with Iraq and defeated Lebanon 1-0 in Group A of the AFC Asian Qualifiers, remain in 36th place while Qatar, who are playing in the European Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup for exposure, dropped one spot to 43.

Saudi Arabia's 3-1 and 1-0 victories over Vietnam and Oman respectively in the AFC Asian Qualifiers resulted in the West Asian side moving up five places to 56th.

The UAE, who opened their AFC Asian Qualifiers campaign with draws against Lebanon and Syria, dropped one spot to 69. Iraq dropped two spots to 72nd, China three spots to 75th. Oman, however, improved by one spot into 78th to round off the top 10 Asian sides.

Ranking first to 10th are Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Italy, Argentina, Portugal, Spain, Mexico and Denmark.



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