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    #1

    '...two-legged showdown...'?

    Hi all,

    May I, please, know the meaning of the underlined section?

    "Elsewhere, despite defeating Qatar5-1, Uzbekistanhad to settle for a third-place play-off against Jordanfrom Group B, who finished third after edging Oman1-0 at home. The two-legged showdown is expected to be played on 6 and 10September, where the winners advance to a meeting with the fifth placed sidefrom CONMEBOL for a spot at the FIFA World Cup."

    Can we also say 'meeting the fifth placed...'? Is there any difference between BrE and AmE in terms of using 'to meet with'?

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    Re: '...two-legged showdown...'?

    The teams will play two matches — home and away — with the aggregate scores deciding who goes through.

    '...where the winners advance to a meeting with the fifth-placed side' can be rephrased as

    '...with the winners meeting the fifth-placed side.'

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    #3

    Re: '...two-legged showdown...'?

    It's understandable, but it's not common in the US to refer to an upcoming game as a "meeting."

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    Re: '...two-legged showdown...'?

    It's not common in the UK either.

    It's just another example of sports writers' journalese.

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