FIFA rankings

Portugal climb to fifth in FIFA rankings

November 28, 2013
By ESPN staff

Portugal have moved up to fifth in the monthly FIFA rankings after Cristiano Ronaldo's goals helped the country beat Sweden in the World Cup playoffs.

Erik Martensson/Getty ImagesCristiano Ronaldo has led Portugal to a top-5 ranking in the monthly FIFA rankings.

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Portugal jumped nine places in the standings following their 4-2 aggregate win courtesy of Ronaldo's memorable second-leg hat trick.

England fell three places to No. 13. England lost two friendlies at Wembley earlier this month, suffering a 2-0 defeat to Chile before Germany beat them 1-0 four days later.

The United States dropped one spot to No. 14. The Americans played to a goalless draw in Scotland and lost 1-0 in Austria in November friendlies.

Spain lead an unchanged top four ahead of Germany, Argentina and Colombia. After Portugal, it's Uruguay at No. 6 followed by Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands and Brazil.

Belgium dropped six spots to No. 11 after losing friendlies to Colombia and Japan.

Mexico are up two spots to No. 20 as a result of beating New Zealand in their intercontinental World Cup playoff.

At No. 59, Australia are the lowest-ranked team headed to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The four Asian teams to qualify for the World Cup have four of the five lowest rankings among all World Cup teams.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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