After the Mexico vs El Salvador match at the Azteca Stadium, El Tri moved up in the FIFA ranking, although it was not enough to top the group. Where did it rank?
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It is worth reviewing how Mexico fared on this occasion, since in 2021 the team in which Hirving "Chucky" Lozano and Jesús Manuel "Tecatito" Corona played was ranked below the USMNT, its fiercest rival.
Mexico vs. El Salvador match: El Tri won and convinced
Unlike many other World Cup Qualifying matches, this time the Mexican National Team's fans were satisfied with what they saw on the field.
This is because, unlike the match against the USMNT, this time Mexico scored not one, but two goals to secure their ticket to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022.
With goals by Uriel Antuna and Raúl Jiménez, the squad coached by Gerardo "Tata" Martino managed to finish in second place in CONCACAF but tied on points with Canada, the team that led the entire qualifying round.
This means that even when the Maple Leafs and the Stars and Stripes each put their golden generation on the field, they were unable to overcome the Mexican National Team.
Therefore, the World Cup Qualifying ended with satisfactory results for the Mexican Soccer Federation, an organization that, as far as is known, plans to keep "Tata" Martino at the helm of El Tri, despite the coach's health problems.
Where did Mexico rank in the FIFA ranking?
On this occasion, El Tri was in 9th place in the top, while the USMNT, despite having an excellent World Cup Qualifying campaign, does not appear in the top 10 of this list made by the highest authority in world soccer.
The Stars and Stripes finished in 16th place in this ranking, despite the great qualifying campaign by players such as Christian Pulisic and Ricardo Pepi, under the guidance of Gregg Berhalter.
FIFA Ranking Top 10
1. Brazil 1832.69
2. Belgium 1827
3. France 1789.85
4. Argentina 1765.13
5. England 1761.71
6. Italy 1723.31
7. Spain 1709.19
8. Portugal 1674.78
9. Mexico 1658.82
10. Netherlands 1658.66
How is the FIFA ranking compiled?
For this occasion, the world's top soccer organization decided to try a different mechanism than the one it had been using in previous rankings.
This time, FIFA used a method called "SUM", which is based on adding or subtracting the points won or lost in a game, to the previous total points, instead of averaging the points of the game during a given period.
The points that are added or subtracted are partially determined by the relative strength of the two opponents, including the logical expectation that higher-ranked teams should do better against lower-ranked teams.