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- (soccer) Collectively, the defenders of a team.
2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, BBC:
- Battling Bolton disputed the goal, claiming Drogba was offside, but the Ivorian appeared to have timed his angled run across the visitors back line to perfection to race onto a fine Michael Essien pass and ensure Chelsea moved back into fourth place in the Premier League.
- (field hockey) The line running across the goal to the corners of the playing field.