Brazil stay top of FIFA rankings

BERNE - Brazil stayed top of the FIFA world rankings as the top three remained unchanged in August while Mexico continued their climb up the table as they enjoy a revival under coach Javier Aguirre.

Brazil, who beat Estonia 1-0 in a friendly last month to extend their unbeaten run to 17 matches and notch their ninth successive win, are followed by Spain in second place and Netherlands in third.

Mexico moved up six places to 24th after beating the U.S. 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier, their second win over their neighbours in as many months. The U.S. are 11th and remain the CONCACAF region's highest-ranked team.

Australia, the best-placed team from the Asian confederation, climbed two places to 14th, their highest-ever position. Ivory Coast, Africa's top team, dropped two places to 20th.