All Whites move up 10 spots, Germany back to No 1 in latest Fifa rankings

Chris Wood (centre) scored a hat-trick in the All Whites' 6-1 first leg victory over Solomon Islands in Oceania World ...
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Chris Wood (centre) scored a hat-trick in the All Whites' 6-1 first leg victory over Solomon Islands in Oceania World Cup qualifying.

The All Whites have moved up 10 spots in the latest Fifa rankings on Thursday (Friday NZ Time) following their World Cup qualifying demolition of the Solomon Islands.

New Zealand advanced to a two-leg intercontinental playoff against the yet-to-be-confirmed fifth-placed South American team for a berth at Russia 2018 after beating the Solomons 8-3 on aggregate, with a 6-1 win and 2-2 draw.

The All Whites now sit 113th in the world, sandwiched between Oman and St Kitts and Nevis, after picking up 31 ranking points since the last Fifa rankings.

Meanwhile, world champions Germany pushed Brazil back into second place to return to the top of the Fifa rankings.

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Germany's 2-1 win away to the Czech Republic and their 6-0 drubbing of Norway in European World Cup qualifiers lifted them over the already-qualified Brazil, who dropped points in a draw away to Colombia.

European champions Portugal climbed three places to third - even though they are second in their World Cup qualifying group behind Switzerland.

In another surprise, Argentina are fourth in the rankings despite struggling to qualify for the World Cup after drawing their last two games - away to Uruguay and at home to Venezuela.

War-torn Syria, who have reached the Asian playoff stage in the World Cup qualifiers despite playing their 'home' World Cup qualifiers in Malaysia because of the security situation in the country, rose to their highest-ever ranking of 75.

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Three other teams reached their best-ever place - Peru (12th), Northern Ireland (20th) and Luxembourg (101st), after they held France to a 0-0 draw away.

The rankings made disappointing reading for Asia with only three sides in the top-50 - Iran, Japan and Australia.

The Socceroos dropped five spots to No 50.

Despite a 2-1 win over Thailand in their World Cup qualifier earlier this month, Ange Postecoglou's side suffered a fall off the back of their 2-0 loss to Japan in late August.

Australia will now play Syria in October's two-leg Asian World Cup qualifying playoff for the right to progress to an intercontinental playoff against the fourth-best team from the North and Central American zone.

The best of the other regions are Mexico (North and Central America) at No 14 and Egypt (Africa) at No 30.

The next Fifa rankings will be announced on October 16 and will be used to determine the seedings in the draw for the four European playoff ties for next year's World Cup.

TOP-10 FIFA RANKINGS

1 Germany (2)
2 Brazil (1)
3 Portugal (6)
4 Argentina (3)
5 Belgium (9)
6 Poland (5)
7 Switzerland (4)
8 France (10)
9 Chile (7)
10 Colombia (8)

 - Reuters

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