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Chelsea 1-1 Frankfurt: Hazard seals Europa League final spot after Kepa penalty heroics

The title is confusing. How can one seal the spot in a competition? What does to seal mean here? Is it to cover, or to close, or to mark? Any of its meanings doesn't seem to fit well. I googled for football expressions with seal but found only seal dribble, which is a different story.

Thank you in advance.

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This is seal meaning "to confirm or make secure" like in the idiom "seal the deal."

It means that their performance in the game has confirmed or secured or guaranteed their spot in the finals.

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  • Thank you for the idiom, now it makes sense May 10, 2019 at 7:46

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