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What a shock last night! Switzerland beat Spain 1-0 in the final first round game of the World Cup. And because of that shock, today’s World Cup phrase of the day is to blow wide open. To blow comes from the phrasal verb to blow up (use a bomb to make an explosion) and the wide open refers to making a big hole. When a big team, or a favourite is beaten in a competition or in the league it opens a chance, or a hole, for other teams. The big team drops points and they can’t build a lead. Last night Switzerland beat Spain, a big shock, so you can say the group has been blown wide open or Switzerland have blown group H wide open. Now, all the teams in Group H may think they can qualify for the knockout stages.