The 2-0 friendly match defeat to Vietnam last month at the Shah Alam Stadium has worsened Malaysia’s position in the latest FIFA rankings.
Released yesterday, Malaysia dropped to position 162 with 126 points in the rankings, compared to position 156 last month.
It was Harimau Malaya’s lowest placing this year after finishing 148 in January, 150 in February, 152 in March, 156 in April, 153 in May, 154 in June and 157 in July and August.
Among the ASEAN countries, Datuk K.Rajagopal’s men are ranked joint 4th with neighbours Singapore, behind Thailand (139), Vietnam (140) and Philippines (147). Long-time rivals Indonesia are eight places behind, in position 170.
In Asia, Malaysia ranked 26th out of 46 countries.
At the very top, reigning world and European champions Spain and Germany held on to the first two spots while Bhutan, San Marino and Turks and Caicos Island share the last place together.