match against

match (someone or something) against (someone or something else)

1. To match two people or two things together to face off in a challenge or competition. For the first round of the tournament, they matched Karen against the three-time state champion. For this comparison review, we've matched the new Samsung Galaxy S20 against the iPhone X5.
2. To compare someone or something to someone or something else to see if the two correspond correctly. They'll match your name against the guest list to see if you're allowed inside the party. Go down to the warehouse and match what's on the inventory list against what you find down there.
See also: match, something
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match (someone) against (someone else) (or something against something else)

to challenge someone with someone else in a contest; to challenge something with something else in a contest. I will match my boxer against your boxer any day. I'll match myself against you any day!
See also: match
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

match against

1. To compare something with something else to see whether their parts correspond: We matched our list of attendees against the invited guests. Match the list of workers against the checks to see what's missing.
2. To set someone or something in competition with someone or something else: The sports league tries to match each team against other teams of the same ability. We were matched against a much smarter team for the debate.
See also: match
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Coach Miguel gave most of his players a run in the match ahead of the team's first match against Nigeria on May 24.
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United will fly out to the continent immediately after their Premier League match against Wolves at Molineux on Monday night.
United will fly out to the Continent immediately following their Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on Monday night.
'Hamza will be available for eight Specsavers County Championship matches, starting with the away fixture against Northamptonshire that begins on Monday 20th May and finishing with the match against Lancashire at Old Trafford that starts on Saturday 13th July, ' said a statement by the county.
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Matches In the matches played yesterday, Munir Al Rawahi won his match against Ghanim Al Khalifi of Qatar in the under-18 by 6-2 and 6-1, Abdullah Al Raisi thrashed Said Al Kawari of Qatar 6-0 and 7-6 in the under-18 and Zakariya Al Sulaimani won his match against Talal Abdulaziz of Kuwait 6-2 and 6-3, in the under-18 category.
Meanwhile, Belgium won its first match against Canada by 2-1 and defeated South Africa by 5-1 in their second match.