Football Glossary: to blow wide open

Another ‘B’ phrase from our glossary list – to blow wide open

(to) Blow wide open (verb phrase)

(to) Blow wide open: If a team blows a group or the league wide open, they beat the favourite (strong) team and give the competing teams a chance. ‘wide open‘ can also be used to describe a game where there are a lot of chances, where both teams are playing attacking football and either side could win.

Shaun Maloney breathed life into the English Premier League title race after his stunning goal helped struggling Wigan beat Manchester United 1-0. (12th April 2012)

  • Example 2: In the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, Switzerland blew Group H wide open by beating Spain 1-0 in the group’s first game.

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