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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, April 13, 2018
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Azkals zoom to 113th in FIFA rankings

 

Following a historic clinching of an AFC Asian Cup spot, the Azkals set history again.

The Azkals achieved their highest FIFA ranking ever at 113th place in the latest release yesterday.

The Azkals, who will make the Asian Cup for the first time ever, moved nine places up from 122nd in the March rankings, putting them in a tie with Kenya.

However, the Azkals stayed as the second best team in Southeast Asia as Vietnam maintained its hold and even zoomed 10 places up to 103rd overall.

The Azkals stayed at 19th spot in the Asian rankings despite Turkmenistan dropping 15 world spots to 129th overall as Kyrgyzstan made the biggest jump in the world rankings from 115th overall to 75th overall.

Germany and Brazil maintained the top two spots, but Belgium made a jump from fifth to third place, overtaking Portugal and Argentina.

Iran is still the top football team in Asia, although the team dropped three spots from 33rd to 36th place overall.

In the AFC Cup, Philippines Football League teams Ceres-Negros FC and Global-Cebu registered contrasting results after Wednesday’s matchups in separate venues.

Ceres Negros blasted Boeung Ket, 4-0, to go to the cusp of making the AFC Cup playoffs at the Phnom Penh Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh while Global Global Cebu rallied late to salvage a 3-3 draw against Thanh Hoa at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila but was still eliminated from playoff contention.

Bienve Maranon's hat trick set the tone for Negros as the club maintained its lead in Group F and Substitute Takumi Uesato scored the dagger goal for Negros. Ceres is now on 13 points after five matches and will play against Singapore’s Home United on April 25 at the Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.*PNA

 

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