2018 FIFA World Cup Power Rankings: Movers and Shakers After Round of International Friendlies
With all 32 World Cup teams involved in this week’s round of international friendly matches we got a chance to re-assess each side’s chances when it comes to the big dance.
Some powerful performances by big guns Spain and Brazil have confirmed their favouritism, while it’s not been great news for minnows Iceland.
Keep an eye on our Power Rankings on the ABC’s World Cup page in the weeks to come — we will be updating the rankings after every set of warm-up matches, as well as during the tournament itself.
Click through to read about each team’s chances, as we explore the ins and outs of their squads, form and playing style.
Spain assert their credentials
Spain’s 6-1 thumping of Argentina in Madrid saw them rise two spots up to second on the Power Rankings.
The return of front man Diego Costa resulted in a goal while Isco’s hat-trick was a highlight for a Spain team which has depth all over the park.
World champions in 2010, La Furia Roja struggled in Brazil and were bundled out of the group stages with two losses and a victory over Australia to their name.
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