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near post

In football (soccer), the goal post that is closest to the player in possession of the ball. Kick it toward the near post!
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The lead was doubled five minutes before the break as Nathan Valentine's header sneaked past Connell and nestled inside his near-post.
Ibrahimovic - who had converted a penalty in the first game when he also escaped a booking which would have ruled him out of this tie - lost Simon Kjaer at a near-post corner and turned the ball into the far corner.
Ryan Prosser saw his near-post flick cleared off the line on 47 minutes but it was he who got the deserved equaliser 20 minutes from time, latching on to a pass inside the full-back before lashing home from 6 yards.
The Republic of Ireland star rushed off his line to smother Matt Derbyshire's effort from six yards and then produced a magnificent reflex save to push away a near-post header by the striker following Pringle's corner.
Wednesday kept piling forward with sub Stevie May denied a winner by Martinez's near-post save.
A second came after 39 minutes when Danny Devine flicked home Aaron Doran's near-post cross.
After the restart, Aldershot nearly forced an opening when Jordan Roberts' half-volley forced Belford into a near-post save on 50 minutes while Martin denied Barnes-Homer with his feet on seven minutes later to keep the game goalless.
In the closing minutes, Madrid again came close to finding a second, but first De Gea made yet another save, from Khedira's deflected shot and then Jones did exceptionally to deny Ronaldo a shot following a near-post cross.
The Northern Ireland international emerged as the unlikely hero, beating Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan with a deft touch from John Arne Riise's near-post corner.
Baird got a deft touch to John Arne Riise's near-post corner to beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan and deny Villa what looked increasingly like a battling point.
He also met Juvhel Tsoumou's pull-back and forced another save with a near-post effort.
Henry made amends as he flicked home a Sagnol cross, but within 60 seconds Robben had rammed home a near-post drive.
88min: Yakubu is sent racing clear by Lee's first touch and draws a plunging near-post save from Kiely.
With no help, he beat one defender, but his point-blank shot was saved by Meola, who had moved to cut off the near-post angle.
First Peter Watson bulleted home a near-post header from Gary Cochrane's corner then Gordon Moffat's 25-yard free-kick deflected off the defensive wall and spun past Sean Murdoch.