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2023 Women's World Cup: Day 1 - Battling Performance

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Hosts Australia had to work hard to beat Ireland in their Group B opening match as the Irish made it diffciult for the Australians. Both the Irish Times and the BBC described the Irish performance as 'battling' which means that they worked really hard and never gave up - they battled hard. 

  • The Irish Times headline was: 'Vera Pauw’s team kick off Women’s World Cup with a battling display at Stadium Australia' and this means that the Irish team started their World Cup with a positive hard-working performance (display).
  • The BBC also used the expression 'battling': Women's World Cup: Vera Pauw proud of 'battling' Irish in Australia defeat
 
Posted : 21/07/2023 1:34 am
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Here are some more examples of 'battling' (used as an adjective) from football match reports:

  1. 'Ferguson has got five points from a home win over Chelsea, a battling draw at Manchester United and this stalemate' (BBC, 2019)
  2. 'Will Hughes' early goal helped Watford secure their first Premier League point of the season with a battling draw at Newcastle.' (BBC, 2019)
  3. 'It was a bitter blow for the visitors after putting in a battling display at Goodison Park...' (BBC, 2019)
 
Posted : 21/07/2023 1:42 am