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2023 Women's World Cup: Day 4 - Keep at Bay

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In the Group E clash between Sweden and South Africa, Sweden narrowly won a tight game. The Guardian describes the South Africa team's good defensive performance like this:

  • "They kept Sweden at bay in the first half and looked threatening on the counter through the pace and trickery of Seoposenwe and Kgatlana."

To keep at bay, means to hold off, to keep out, to stop the attack. So, South Africa kept a dangerous Sweden, one of the tournament favourites, from scoring in the first half. Sweden needed a late winner in the 90th minute to secure the win.

See also: Battling performance

Posted : 23/07/2023 9:02 am