Against the run of play

The term "against the run of play" is used in football (soccer) to describe an event or action against the flow of the game. For example, if team A is having all of the possession, all of the chances and are dictating the game, yet team B have one chance and score from it then that goal came against the run of play. There have been many recent examples of teams winning matches against the run of play.

1999 Champions League Final

One example is the 1999 Champions League Final, when Manchester United were largely dominated by Bayern Munich. Bayern led 1-0 and hit the woodwork twice while United had few shots on target. Two goals in injury time from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær won the game for United. Sheringham's goal was "against the run of play".


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