At the top of the FIFA rankings since the end of 2018, Belgium could lose its throne after its match against Wales on Tuesday in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
Unbeaten in seven World Cup qualifying matches, Belgium has already validated its ticket for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar even before its trip to Wales this Tuesday evening (8:45 p.m.).
Opposite, the Welsh, sure to finish play-offs via their ranking in the League of Nations, will try to win in order to finish among the best second and therefore to be among the seeds for the play-offs in March. But this match will not be completely without stake for the Belgians. And for good reason, the selection from beyond Quiévrain will play to defend its first place in the FIFA ranking as underlined by several local media such as the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. She has been there since 2018.
Almost imperative victory before Brazil-Argentina
Already in great danger during the Final 4 of the League of Nations in early October, but saved thanks to Brazil’s draw in Colombia (0-0) on October 10, the golden generation of the Belgian team could cede its throne on Wednesday morning.
With 1834 points before facing Wales, Belgium has only six lengths ahead of Seleçao (1828 pts) before the South American clash on the night against Argentina by Lionel Messi. A match that Neymar will miss.
To secure first place in the FIFA rankings, Belgium must win against Wales. In which case, she would retain her first place to conclude 2021. Any other result at Cardiff would put the Red Devils in a perilous situation.
With a draw against the Welsh, it will suffice for a victory for Brazil against the Albiceleste to eject the Belgians from the first position. In case of defeat of the gang led by Roberto Martinez, Brazil will need only a draw to become leader of the world rankings published on November 25. It remains to be seen whether Brazil will play hard against its eternal Argentinian rival or whether Marquinhos’ partners, already qualified for the World Cup, will especially want to avoid bad shots.