stood in stark contrast


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Hello everyone. This is football (soccer). I don't understand the phrase "stood in stark" here. What does it mean?

Aguero headed the hosts level three minutes from the end of a keenly contested first half, which stood in stark contrast to the second.
  • Cagey

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    English - US
    Stark is an adjective modifying 'contrast'.

    Our dictionary includes this definition of 'stark'.
    4. sharply or harshly distinct: a stark contrast.
    WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015

    The keenly contested first half 'stood in stark contrast to the second [half].
    The first half of the game was very different from the second half.

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