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defend (verb)


  1. [The Norwegian champions]TEAM were content to defend and unleash stinging counter-attacks and the first real chance fell to Rosenborg on eight minutes when Frode Johnsen’s thumping header rattled Mario Galinovic’s left post. [1077153 / p6]
  2. [Wales]TEAM defended desperately in the last ten minutes with Gabbidon making two vital clearances. [75332 / p7]
  3. [Lawrie Sanchez's side]TEAM had defended resolutely throughout with Birmingham City FC goalkeeper Maik Taylor, who conceded four in Saturday's defeat by England, making a string of superb saves. [75340 / p2]
  4. [Steaua]TEAM then defended well to ensure they did not surrender their lead for the second time, and preserve their slight advantage for when the two teams meet again. [79576 / p9]
  5. But [the Spanish side]TEAM defended stoutly and their fluent passing game turned the momentum in their favour before Alvaro struck with 18 minutes to play. [79956 / p2]
  6. But [Parma]TEAM defended brilliantly, advancing to the quarter-finals without conceding a goal over the two legs. [80106 / p8]

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TEAM [Team]

were content to defend The Norwegian champions
defended Wales
defended Lawrie Sanchez's side
defended Steaua
defended the Spanish side
defended Parma