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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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"Look at Sunday, we kept a clean sheet but we couldn't score.
"I'M pleased with the intelligence of my team's performance as we kept a clean sheet against the highest scorers in the Championship.
Foster, who is on a seasonlong loan and will be unveiled by the club today, kept a clean sheet in his first outing for his club, in Saturday's 1-0 win at Bristol City.
However, while the Black Cats kept a clean sheet at one end, they also drew a blank at the other - relying on Richard Dunne's 25th minute own-goal to hand them victory.
"We haven't kept a clean sheet since the start of the season so two clean sheets from ten games is not good enough and we need to improve on it.
Seven of Watford's last eight home games have featured three goals or more Preston are the only Championship team without an away clean sheet in the league this season Dagenham have been level at half-time in ten of their last 12 matches, with eight of those 0-0 at the interval Torquay have dropped 25 points from winning positions this season Both teams have scored in 25 of Tamworth's 34 matches in the Blue Square Bet Premier Stockport have not kept a clean sheet in their last 19 matches Bradford have not kept a clean sheet in their last nine away fixtures Brighton are unbeaten in their last 17 League One home games Hull haven't been beaten away from home for 12 matches.