In this week’s football phrase we explain the word eliminate.

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The verb to eliminate is used to describe a situation when a team has been knocked out of a competition – the team is no longer involved in that competition. For example, ‘Fiorentina eliminated Tottenham’, while the passive form is also used quite frequently: ‘Spurs were eliminated in the last 32 of the competition’. The noun form – elimination – is also common in football (‘The team’s elimination at the semi-final stage’, for example). (To) Eliminate/Elimination.

  • Example: Liverpool were eliminated from the Europa League on penalties in Turkey
  • Example: The elimination of the favourites allowed the underdogs a chance of winning the cup
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