"pitted" the security forces in a race

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The quotation comes from France charges woman arrested over foiled Paris attack - BBC News

The third woman was identified as Amel S, 39. Her 15-year-old daughter, who had been radicalised, was also taken into custody, the prosecutor said.

The women and their associates had already been under surveillance but the discovery of the gas-filled car near Notre Dame had pitted the security forces in "a race against time" to arrest them, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said.
Hi everyone! What does "pitted" here mean?
  • suzi br

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    English / England
    It is almost a cliche in news reporting to talk about two sides of something being pitted against each other. Not always in any sort of race, more a battle.
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