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    before being picked off on the break

    "Twice winners France will face Portugal in Sunday's final in Paris after defending stoutly against a Germany side who dominated possession but conceded a needless first-half penalty before being picked off on the break in the second period."
    I do not understand the meaning and grammar of the phrase ' before being picked off on the break...'. Why have they used on the break?

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    Re: before being picked off on the break

    Please cite your source.

    I'm not sure if it's referring to the 'break' or 'fast break', but regardless it's a term for a particular movement or play in soccer football. Perhaps somebody more knowledge about soccer football can clarify.

    Germany had possession of the ball for most of the game against France, but lost after giving up a penalty and then having a goal scored on them during the break attack during the second period of the game.
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    Re: before being picked off on the break

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    In this case "on the break" means the defenders were trying to move the ball away from the goal area. They were trying to break out of a defensive situation. To "be picked off" means to have the ball intercepted and taken out of your team's possession.
    So "being picked off on the break" means that while the defenders were trying to take the ball away from their own goal, the ball was intercepted by a player from the other team.

    I say 'in this case' because "a break" can also refer to making a sudden attack from your own half, catching the defence unprepared. But that's not what happened here.

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