Falcons know World Cup opponents today

Desire Oparanozie

The Matildas' World Cup ambitions have been bolstered by the release of the latest Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, which have the Australian women's national team holding on to their No 6 spot.

There will be three African nations at the tournament, namely Banyana, Cameroon and AWCON champions Nigeria.

A further breakdown of the Women's ranking revealed that the Thomas Dernnerby tutored-side had a total 1,607 points to emerge Africa's best team and 39th in the world.

The Super Falcons won a ninth continental title out of 11 editions last weekend, beating South Africa on penalties in the Women's Africa Cup of Nations final - and will also face South Korea and Norway at next year's global showpiece event.

The pair of Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire are placed fourth and fifth respectively in Africa respectively.

Other teams in the top ten in Africa include Equatorial Guinea, Morocco, Algeria, Mali, and Senegal.

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In the world ranking, the United States of America remain number one and they are followed closely by Germany, France, England, and Canada in the top five.

The Banyana Banyana of South Africa, runners-up at the 2018 AWCON, are third while Cameroon is second.

Group C: Australia, Italy, Brazil, Jamaica.

There were no goals during regulation time as both teams matched each other strength for strength all through 120 minutes.

Apart from UEFA, the six groups of four will contain no more than one team from each confederation.

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