Belgium could lose its first place in the FIFA rankings if it does a worse result than Brazil’s in Argentina.
The Belgium is moving to Cardiff tonight to face the Wales during the last day of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. A priori, this match is without stake: the Belgians have already qualified for the World Cup since their victory against estonia (3-1) and the Welsh are sure to go to the play-offs via their classification in the Nations League.
A major stake
Despite this, there will still be an issue for Roberto Martinez’s men: first place in the FIFA rankings. They are only 6 points ahead of the Brazil, and this evening could be a game changer. Indeed, the teammates ofEden Hazard are under an obligation to achieve a result at least equal to that of Brazil againstArgentine, game that will take place on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday in San Juan.
A victory would ensure the Red Devils retain the lead in the world rankings, which they occupy since the end of 2018, that is to say 1162 days, the 3rd longest series in the first place behind the two carried out by Brazil (2496 and 1706). Any other result could eject Belgium from its throne if Brazil wins (or draw if Belgium loses). La Seleção has not occupied the first place since 2017.