Friday, 21 December 2012

Finalists rise up world rankings

AFF Suzuki Cup finalists Thailand and Singapore have both jumped up the FIFA World Ranking after their performances in the region’s leading tournament. 

Thailand improved 16 places to 136th spot with Singapore climbing nine spots to 154th in the latest ranking.

In all, Thailand received 233 points for their AFF Suzuki Cup build up victories over Malaysia, Bhutan and Bangladesh, their Group A wins over the Philippines, Myanmar and Vietnam and the 1-1 semi-final draw and subsequent 2-0 triumph over defending champions Malaysia.

Singapore were credited with 146 points for their friendly win over Pakistan, Group B victories over Malaysia and Laos and the 0-0 draw and 1-0 win over the Philippines in the semi-finals.

The Lions 3-1 triumph over Thailand in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup final on Wednesday came too late to be included in this month’s FIFA World Ranking which were issued on December 19.

Beaten semi-finalists the Philippines dropped four spots to 147th though Malaysia improved five spots to 158th.

Despite failing to qualify for the knock-out stages of the AFF Suzuki Cup, Vietnam remain the top-ranked team in the Asean region in 131st spot, a rise of seven places from last month.

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