Portugal climb to fifth in Fifa rankings as Belgium remain top

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and team mates celebrate winning the Uefa Nations League Final with the trophy at Porto June 9, 2019. — Action Images via Reuters
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and team mates celebrate winning the Uefa Nations League Final with the trophy at Porto June 9, 2019. — Action Images via Reuters

LAUSANNE, June 14 ― Portugal climbed two places to fifth in the latest Fifa rankings today after adding the inaugural Nations League title to their European Championship crown.

Fernando Santos' side leapfrogged Croatia and Uruguay.

Portugal beat the Netherlands 1-0 in the final in Porto thanks to a second-half strike from Goncalo Guedes, after a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick had seen them past Switzerland in the semis.

The Dutch, who failed to qualify for both Euro 2016 and last year's World Cup, also gained two spots, rising to a tie for 14th.

Belgium remain atop the rankings ahead of world champions France after back-to-back 3-0 wins over Kazakhstan and Scotland in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Fifa rankings

1. Belgium

2. France

3. Brazil

4. England

5. Portugal (+2)

6. Croatia (-1)

7. Spain (+2)

8. Uruguay (-2)

9. Switzerland (-1)

10. Denmark

Selected:

11. Germany (+2)

= Argentina

13. Colombia (-1)

14. Italy (+3)

= The Netherlands (+2) ― AFP

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