match·​up | \ ˈmach-ˌəp \

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a boxing matchup that promises to be a sportswriter's dream

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In the 2012 UEFA Euro Cup matchup between Spain and Portugal, the teams found themselves in a shootout after a 0-0 draw in regulation time. Umair Irfan, Vox, "World Cup shootouts: why the team that goes first usually wins," 11 July 2018 Alongside Perkins, Virginia has a handful of skill players who can present matchup problems. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "How Louisville football can (and can't) beat Virginia," 5 July 2018 Their quickness and speed would also create matchup problems for some opposing backcourts. Peter Dawson, star-telegram, "Trae Young drafted by Mavs, but you won't see him in Dallas," 21 June 2018 Still, Gates was a bouncy matchup problem for opponents and garnered NBA speculation early in 2017-18. Tom Groeschen,, "NBA Draft: Projecting where Cincinnati Bearcats, Xavier Musketeers players may be selected," 20 June 2018 As a receiving tight end, Seals-Jones creates matchup problems for defenses. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Do the Arizona Cardinals finally have a receiving threat at tight end?," 16 May 2018 Both teams definitely create a lot of matchup problems. Joe Vardon,, "Cavaliers, Celtics meet again in Eastern Conference finals -- this time without Kyrie Irving," 10 May 2018 Offensive coaches are expected to create matchup problems, and their skill players are required to exploit them. Omar Kelly,, "Kelly: Dolphins looking to create matchup problems with first few picks in NFL draft | Commentary," 28 Apr. 2018 Gesicki's up next, with the multi-sport athleticism to give him a shot as a potential matchup problem for defenses.. Greg Cote, miamiherald, "Dolphins get the next Gronk (they hope) and a mini-linebacker on Day 2 of NFL Draft | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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