beat on the spin [football (soccer)]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by bearfreak, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. bearfreak Senior Member

    Hello everyone. This is football (soccer). I don't understand the phrase "beat on the spin" here. What does it actually mean?

    29' Booking for Otamendi, who is not having a good time in the centre of the Argentina defence.
    He over-commits himself into the back of Chicharito, who had him beat on the spin, but was tripped.
  2. se16teddy

    se16teddy Senior Member

    London but from Yorkshire
    English - England
    I am not an expert on football, so this is a bit of a guess.

    He moved too close towards the back of Chicharito to be easily manoeuvrable (over-committed). As a result, Chicharito succeded in avoiding him by turning round (spinning) quickly.
  3. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    who had him beat on the spin, but was tripped.= who (Chicharito) beat him (Otamendi) when he (Chicharito) turned quickly with the ball, but (Chicharito) was tripped (by Otamendi.)
  4. bearfreak Senior Member

    Thanks so much, se16teddy and PaulQ. That's very clear now.

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