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The verb to pick out, means to find. In football, we use this phrase to describe a cross or a pass that picks out, finds, a teammate. It may be across from the flanks that picks out a striker in the box, or a shorter pass that is played through defenders to pick out a teammate. The phrase conveys the feeling that the passer of the ball played a skillful pass, or was very accurate. To pick out.
- For example: Xavi spread the play out to Suarez on the right hand side and the debutant picked out Neymar unmarked on the edge of the area (Madrid v Barcelona)
- For example: Chelsea were dominant and Willian laid on another chance when he picked out Costa with a cross.