(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.
- Example: (Newspaper headline) Wigan blow EPL wide open.
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.