The selection guided by Fernando Santos kicked off the competition, in which he is champion in title, with victories against the Croats, by 4-1, on September 5, in Porto, and in Sweden, by 2-0, on September 8.
In the top 10 of FIFA these were the main changes, with Portugal in fifth and Croatia falling from sixth to eighth, having also been surpassed by Spain, currently ranked seventh.
With Belgium remaining ahead, France (second place), Brazil (third) and England (fourth) follow, maintaining the hierarchy of the last months.
The South American teams in the ‘front line’ remain in the same places, with Argentina in ninth and Colombia, guided by Carlos Queiroz, in 10th, despite not having competition yet, with the exception of Uruguay.
With the covid-19 pandemic shaping the world calendar, it was the League of Nations that allowed the first substantial moves, with Russia having two wins in League B and capitalizing on the biggest climb, from 38th to 32nd .
The former world champions Italy and Germany had slight rises, from one place, with the Transalpine in 12th and the German in 14th.
In other teams led by Portuguese coaches, South Korea, by Paulo Bento, moved up one place and is 39th, while Cameroon, by António Conceição, and Bahrain, by Hélio Sousa, maintained 53 and 99. º posts, respectively.