Following a 3-1 defeat to the Faroe Islands and a 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan in teh first two games from the UEFA Nations League D3, Malta climbed one place in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking and is now ranked 183rd.
Malta remained third from bottom in Europe, lying ahead of Gibraltar (198, down 3) and San Marino (204, down 1). Lying just ahead of Malta are Moldova (173, up 2) and Liechtenstein (178, up 2).
Next month, Malta will be in action in two UEFA Nations League matches against Kosovo on Thursday 11 in Pristhina and Azerbaijan on Sunday 14 in Baku. Kosovo are ranked 138th (up 3) and Azerbaijan (108th, down 3).
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Meanwhile Belgium have climbed to the top of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, alongside 2018 FIFA World Cup™ winners France, which means that the top spot is currently being shared for the first time in the table’s 25-year history.
A pair of wins for the Red Devils (1st, up 1), including their first in the UEFA Nations League over Iceland (36th, down 4), has brought them level with Les Bleus (1st, unchanged) on 1,729 points. The only other change in the top ten sees Denmark (10th, down 1) slip below Spain (9th, unchanged).
Outside of the top ten, two Nations League wins for Ukraine (29th, up 6) over Czech Republic (47th, down 3) and Slovakia (26th, unchanged) means that they are the month’s biggest movers, while Germany (12th, up 3) have started to edge back toward the upper reaches.