New low for Nether­lands

New Straits Times - - Sport -

LON­DON: The Nether­land’s dis­mal run of re­sults is set to see them drop to their low­est ever world rank­ing when the new table is pub­lished next month.

Hol­land sacked man­ager Danny Blind fol­low­ing the 2-0 de­feat in Bul­garia last week and then lost 2-1 at home against Italy on Tues­day and have fallen to 32 in the world rank­ings.

The only teams the Dutch have beaten since Septem­ber last year are Be­larus and Lux­em­bourg and are in se­ri­ous dan­ger of miss­ing out on their sec­ond suc­ces­sive ma­jor tour­na­ment af­ter fail­ing to qual­ify for the Eu­ros in France last year.

The drop to 32 is down six places from 26 where they were last year when they missed out on Euro 2016 and they are down in fourth in the qual­i­fy­ing group and three points be­hind sec­ond place Swe­den.

At the other end of the table, Brazil have re­turned to the top of the world rank­ings for the first time in six years.

Brazil be­came the first team to qual­ify for next sum­mer’s World Cup in Rus­sia fol­low­ing 3-0 win over Paraguay.

Un­der new man­ager Tete, Brazil have won their last eight qual­i­fiers in a row and nine in a row in all games, scor­ing 25 goals and con­ced­ing just two.

Brazil will re­place Ar­gentina at the top of the world rank­ings as they drop to sec­ond fol­low­ing de­feat in Bo­livia.

World Cup win­ners Ger­many are the top Euro­pean na­tion in third while Bel­gium, Por­tu­gal, Switzer­land and Spain all earn spots in the top 10.

Uruguay are one of the big­gest losers this month, drop­ping six places from ninth to 15th fol­low­ing de­feats by Brazil and Peru and they are now Wales in 13th and Eng­land in 14th.

North­ern Ire­land have climbed to their high­est ever world rank­ing of 26th, which is six places higher than they have ever been and level with Repub­lic of Ire­land. Daily Mail

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The Nether­lands’ in­terim head coach Fred Grim re­acts dur­ing their friendly match against Italy onTues­day.

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