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keep a clean sheet

In sports, especially football (soccer), to win a game or series of games without allowing the opposing side to score any points. Primarily heard in UK. The team has kept a clean sheet for the last three games in a row. I don't think anyone can score against them! It's the first time in her career that the goalie has kept a clean sheet in a championship match.
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keep a clean sheet

(in a football match) prevent the opposing side from scoring.
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"Keeping a clean sheet will definitely give us some confidence at the back.
However, a 73-minute consolation effort from the visitors extended the hosts' run to over three months without keeping a clean sheet.
When asked what pleased him with the result, McDermott said: "Keeping a clean sheet, obviously.
West Brom have scored first in six of their seven Premier League meetings with Wigan Everton have won their last five home games in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in their last four None of the last 16 meetings between Spurs and Bolton in all competitions have been won by the away team Leicester have kept five clean sheets in six previous away FA Cup sixth-round games, conceding just one in the other 0/**Stoke have failed to win any of their 49 top-flight games at Anfield Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in 25 Premier League outings Dundee haven't been beaten for ten games on the road in Scottish Division One.
"I hope I have given the manager a headache ahead of the Reading game, keeping a clean sheet and doing well in my view but it is obviously up to the gaffer," said Konstantopoulos.
"For a defender, keeping a clean sheet is like a striker scoring a couple of goals," he reasons.