against the run of play


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against the run of play

Contrary to the pace or flow of a game or situation, usually in the context of sports. Brazil dominated the game, but Japan secured a draw with a late goal against the run of play.
See also: of, play, run
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In the first of two SSE Airtricity League Premier Division matches between the sides inside a week, Pat's enjoyed an early lead against the run of play thanks to Christy Fagan's (above) opener before Alan Bennett equalized on the stroke of half-time.
The sides shared a goal apiece after that - Will Foster heading home Regan Orr's corner to extend Rangers' lead and the hosts pulling one back against the run of play.
Silsden increased their advantage in the 68th minute, once again against the run of play, when Robert Grimes struck.
Against the run of play, North Merchiston had the ball in the net but the ref insisted keeper Dean Shearsby had been fouled in the run-up.
However, it was the Yorkshire side who who took the lead against the run of play when the Gateshead defence slipped up when playing the ball out.
Isco hit Real's 33rd-minute opener against the run of play but his goal sparked the visitors into life as they added two more from Karim Benzema and Ronaldo's first of the night.
Rangers dominated the opening half at Villa Park and deservedly led through a goal from midfielder Jermaine Jenas, only for Gabriel Agbonlahor to level against the run of play just before the interval.
Will Morford added a second against the run of play ten minutes from time firing past Rob Peet from 18 yards as Hinckley waited for an offside flag.
The champions only had a Yaya Toure strike to show for their total dominance when Bobby Zamora stunned them with a 59th-minute equaliser against the run of play.
I'd much rather play well and lose at this level, than play badly and win against the run of play.
It looked like that may not be the case when Jermaine Beckford headed Leicester in front against the run of play.
Against the run of play, Barkston Ash took the lead in 28th minute when Jackson Walker challenged Huddersfield keeper Alex Briggs for a cross from the right.
Hatem Ben Arfa had earlier dragged the home side back into the tie with a 70th-minute equaliser of similar quality, after the visitors had taken the lead against the run of play 10 minutes before the break.
Yes, they defeated reigning champions Iraq but they were given a hard time and their only goal, by Harry Kewell in the 117th minute, came against the run of play.
But the first goal of the game came against the run of play.