Here are the changes in FIFA Rankings after Asian Cup 2023

Qatar defended their title successfully by beating Jordan 3-1

By Web Desk
February 11, 2024
Qatar earned most points after winning all of their Asian Cup matches - AFP

The AFC Asian Cup 2023 ended with Qatar defending their title successfully by beating Jordan 3-1 at the Lusail Stadium on Saturday.

Meanwhile, there have been changes in the rankings of major Asian sides with Qatar earning the most points after winning all of their Asian Cup matches.

They have climbed up 21 spots to 37th in the world and also cemented their place in the top five-ranked Asian teams. They are also the team with the highest ranking improvement, together with Saudi Arabia which also climbed four spots.

On the other hand, Jordan climbed up 14 spots to 73rd while Iraq are now ranked 59th.

Meanwhile, Vietnam lost the most points in the tournament (41 points), after three losses in the group stage while India lost rankings.

Below is the complete chart

Maximum points gained

Qatar - +92.13

Jordan - +68.66

Iraq - +43.46

Maximum points lost

Vietnam -41

India -35.57

Kyrgyzstan -29

Maximum ranking gained

Qatar - 21 (37)

Jordan - 14 (73)

Thailand - 12 (101)

Maximum ranking lost

India - 15 (117)

Vietnam - 12 (106)

China - 9 (88)

Akram scores only Asia Cup 2023 hat-trick

Akram Afif scored the only hat-trick of the tournament as the right-footed forward led his country to a remarkable victory.

Afif scored all three goals from the penalty spot, with the last coming in the 95th minute which sealed the deal for the home side.

Qatar became just the fifth team after South Korea (1956, 1960), Iran (1968, 1972), Saudi Arabia (1984, 1988), and Japan (2000, 2004) to win the tournament for two consecutive times.

On the other hand, playing in front of 86,492 spectators, Jordan appeared in their first Asian Cup final, which was inarguably the biggest game in their history.

From the kick-off, both teams showcased their skill and resilience, creating an electrifying atmosphere in the stadium. The match saw relentless attacks and determined defending from both sides.

Afif broke the deadlock with a penalty in the 22nd minute. Jordan had their best chance during the first half injury time when Mousa Al-Tamari attempted a first-time effort at goal but his shot was blocked by Mohammed Waad.

However, Jordan ultimately equalised in the second half when Yazan Al Naimat found the back of the net in the 67th minute, intensifying the competition for the cup.

The game reached a dramatic conclusion when Qatar earned another penalty in the 72nd minute, which Afif converted without any trouble.

Afif completed a hat trick with a third penalty in the 95th minute, which made him the tournament's top goal-scorer with eight goals.

Comments

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