beaten to the ball


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Hello everyone. This is football (soccer). I don't understand the phrase "beaten to the ball" here. What does it mean?

85' And just as I say that, the little Argentine comes up with a stunning pass to free Lavezzi.
Munoz races off his line and is
beaten to the ball by the former Napoli man, and he slides it across the face of goal for Aguero to do the rest into an empty net!
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