Brazil and Argentina had to settle for a scoreless draw in their first meeting since Sept. 5 when their match in Brazil had to be suspended seven minutes in due to alleged breaches of COVID-19 protocols.
While Lionel Messi made the starting lineup for Argentina, Neymar dropped out for Brazil after picking up an injury in training. Neymar was replaced by Vinicius Junior as World Cup qualification is secured for Brazil. The Seleção had the better chances but were unable to make them count. .
After an uninspired first half during which they should’ve been down to 10 men, Argentina made a double change at half seeing Lautaro Martinez and Leandro Paredes come off for Joaquin Correa and Lucas Martinez Quatra to switch things up. The biggest moment for Argentina in the half was a near red card for Nicolas Otamendi, who elbowed Raphinha in the mouth, but even after a review, no cards were given.
Brazil should’ve gone ahead via Vinicius but his shot went wide as well. The second half saw Cristian Romero go off with a possible hamstring injury leading to more joy for Brazil in attack.
Argentina controlled most of the possession, but they weren’t dangerous with those chances. Alisson nearly gave them a chance with his feet trying to play out of the back. Fred also hit the post on a speculative shot but neither keeper was challenged as the teams seemed happy to play out a draw. Argentina now need just one point to book their ticket to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar while Brazil is in tinker mode having breezed through qualification.
From 2011 to 2019, the San Diego Padres had a losing record every single year, with no exception.
But around the end of last decade, you could already tell that the Padres, after their long rebuild in which they had no direction or purpose, were starting to do things the right way.
They hired the right people to lead the baseball department, they dramatically improved their farm system, and they started spending like a team that wants to compete.
Since 2020, they have been very competitive.
They made the playoffs that year but fell in the first round.
They missed the postseason in 2021 but were in contention for much of the year, and made it again last year and reached the NL Championship Series.
They are getting closer and closer to the first World Series title in franchise history.
As you probably can imagine, interest from fans just wasn’t there in the middle of last decade.
They had been losing for years, and they would lose for a few more.
Now, fans are very much involved and engaged in everything that has to do with the franchise.
We can see a notable difference in fanfest attendance.
Some people have criticized fans for being there during the good times.
An MLB analyst, however, is downplaying that notion and pointing out to the logical fact that when there is interest by the ownership, there will be interest from fans because the on-field product will be attractive.
“Some folks will say bandwagon. I’m gonna go with, this is what happens when you have an owner who is all in. The past few years, there’s never been a question of whether or not the Padres have been all in on winning a championship,” Jared Carrabis tweeted.
Some folks will say bandwagon. I’m gonna go with, this is what happens when you have an owner who is all in. The past few years, there’s never been a question of whether or not the Padres have been all in on winning a championship. https://t.co/uCGcDMca5L