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It's the second Premiership team Doncaster have knocked out, after they beat Manchester City 3-0 on penalties.

WEmotion: smilehat does knocked out mean here,please?

Michael McIndoe put Doncaster ahead after a successful penalty shot 20 minutes in.

and what does 20 minutes inmean ?Emotion: smile
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Cambridge says:

knock sth out (PRODUCE) phrasal verb [M] INFORMAL
to produce something quickly without spending time thinking about the details

"20 minutes in": means "20 minutes after the beginning of the game".
Dear friends,

It is my opinion that the first example refers to a football competition.

Therefore «have knocked out» means «have beaten and therefore knocked out of the competition».

Kind regards, Emotion: smile

Goldmund
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But it looks as if they have won it? (I may be completely thick, but anyway I don't understand anything about football)

Shouldn't it be "have knocked out of", then? Emotion: tongue tied
Took me a minute to work this one out. It's much easier if you give us the context, as the sentence or two before this one should make the situation clear.

"It's the second Premiership team Doncaster have knocked out, after they beat Manchester City 3-0 on penalties."

The 'It' does not refer to either Doncaster or Manchester City, but another team.

To knock out means in this case to beat and therefore remove from the Premiership league competition.

So, Doncaster beat Manchester city and knocked them out of the competition. Then Doncaster played another team - the 'It' - and has also beaten them and knocked them out of the competition. This makes the 'IT' team, the second team Doncaster have knocked out.
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The Coca Cola League One team opened scoring when man of the match Michael McIndoe put Doncaster ahead after a successful penalty shot 20 minutes in.

Paul Heffernan then added another, and Sean Thornton made it three, sending Aston Villa out of the competition.

It's the second Premiership team Doncaster have knocked out, after they beat Manchester City 3-0 on penalties.

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There you are then.

Doncaster beat Manchester City last time, and Aston Villa this time.

Never mind Pieanne - I hate football, I'm just used to the rather odd way that the commentators talk about it! A strange variety of English sometimes!
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