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U.S. plummets in FIFA rankings after Honduras loss

6:26 AM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
Tim Howard #1 of the United States reacts to giving up a goal to Juan Carlos Garcia #6 of Honduras during a FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano on February 6, 2013 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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ZURICH (AP) - The United States dropped four spots to No. 32 in the latest FIFA rankings after losing a World Cup qualifier to 51st-ranked Honduras.

World Cup champion Spain leads the rankings and African champion Nigeria moved up 22 places to No. 30 after its victory over Burkina Faso in the African Cup of Nations final.

Spain leads an unchanged top three ahead of Germany and Argentina.

Fourth-place England improved two places after beating 18th-ranked Brazil in an exhibition last week.

Italy dropped to No.5.

The top ranked African country is No. 12 Ivory Coast, which lost to Nigeria in the quarterfinals.

Mexico leads CONCACAF nations at No. 15.

Japan leads Asian nations at No. 28, down seven places.

The Associated Press

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