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Ronaldo helps lift Portugal in rankings

November 29, 2013 - 8:10am

ZURICH — Cristiano Ronaldo’s match-winning goals for Portugal in World Cup playoff matches against Sweden lifted his country to No. 5 in the monthly FIFA rankings.

FIFA set World Cup seedings for the Dec. 6 draw from October rankings so playoff teams would not gain unfair advantage.

The United States drops one to No. 14. Spain leads an unchanged top four from Germany, Argentina and Colombia.

Uruguay is sixth, and No. 7 Italy swaps with No. 8 Switzerland.

Netherland is ninth and host Brazil rises one to No. 10.