BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Rarely has a scoreless stalemate in front of the home fans tasted so sweet. But 11 years of nothing but losing will do that to a team. Andorra’s 0-0 draw with fellow minnow Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Saturday ended its run of 58 competitive defeats. It was the first point in qualifying for the Pyrenees mountain principality, population 80,000, since a scoreless draw with Finland in 2005. Faroe Islands finished with 10 men after Joan Edmundsson was booked a second time with 15 minutes to play.
Players often like to brush off speculation or criticism in the moment by claiming they don’t read stories written about themselves, but we all know better. Former Everton winger Gerard Deulofeu confirmed that sentiment by citing specific comparisons he remembers as a youth with Barcelona, citing stories that compared him to Lionel Messi. Now 23 years old, Deulofeu reflects on those early comparisons and wishes the media wasn’t so quick to jump to conclusions about his career. “In the end, [the comparisons] were more detrimental than beneficial,” he told weekly magazine Forza Milan. “Normally I don’t read newspapers, but that headline I remember well. It created too much expectation among Barcelona
Megan Rapinoe recently earned her spot back in the U.S. Women’s National Team squad ahead of next month’s friendlies against Russia, but the veteran won’t remain silent when it comes to her stance on the social climate of America. The 31-year-old was scrutinized for joining NFL player Colin Kaepernick in 2016 when they knelt during their respective sporting events, along with dozens of other athletes across the United States. While Rapinoe admits that the form of protest is up for discussion, she also states that social inequality issues in the U.S. go far beyond that. It’s really obvious that we have very serious inequality in this country across many different spectrums,” Rapinoe told the Guardian.