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Play ball ! A boring end to the game
The scoreboard in Pretoria showed Chile 1-Spain 2 on the 25th of July. The World Cup soccer game was almost over. The players were moving around on the field, but they weren't really playing. Spain had the ball, a ball which was just kicked around, from one player to another. Spain was stalling, waiting for the time to run out. Meanwhile Chile seemed content to hold back. The coaches must have told their teams to just hold tight. They had already classified.
What a boring end to one of the big games of the year! What poor sportsmanship!
These people are paid huge salaries to do what? Mark time?
Four days later the cheers went up all over Spain again as the Portugal-Spain game ended. This one, broadcast from Cape Town, gave Spain another win ! Next on the schedule is Paraguay-Spain on July 3rd. Everyone is counting the days. Go Spain!
almost over: casi terminado
moving around: moviendo de aquí para allá
kicked around: dar patadas de aquí para allá
stalling: haciendo tiempo
run out: agotarse, se agote
meanwhile: mientras tanto
hold back: quedar atrás, no adelantar, aguantar
hold tight: aguantar
poor sportsmanship: poca deportividad, no jugar limpio
mark time: no continuar,aguantar
cheers: gritos, ánimos