Financial Tribune – Iran has replaced Australia as Asia’s top team in the latest FIFA ranking released on Thursday following the teams’ performance in the 2018 World Cup.
After a superb performance in Russia where Iran beat Morocco 1-0, held Portugal to a 1-1 draw and fell 1-0 to Spain, Iran climbed five ranks to 32nd and reclaimed its position as Asia’s best ranked team, AFC reported.
Iran had relinquished the top spot to Australia just before the FIFA World Cup.
Australia dropped seven spots to 43rd, while Japan moved six spots up to 55th after reaching the Round of 16 in Russia 2018 to replace South Korea at third in Asia.
South Korea’s ranking remained unchanged at 57, while Saudi Arabia dropped three spots to 70th to be positioned as the fourth and fifth highest ranked Asian teams.