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What is the word/phrase that describes a situation at which between 2 sides, it is hard to decide which side will win? For example, in football, when 2 teams are competitive but cannot get out of a draw, and maintain at that situation.

  • "Stalemate", "too close to call" cover a couple of the meanings suggested by your question. – user888379 Mar 15 '18 at 15:04
  • The contestants are 'neck and neck'. Interestingly, when I entered "neck and neck evenly matched too close to call" into an in-house search to check for duplicates, I got the single return: 'The etymology of "to prove dough" '. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 15 '18 at 17:38
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Evenly matched

Two people or teams who are evenly matched are equally good, or have an equal chance of winning.

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If two opponents, whether in sports or an election, are evenly matched or polling suggests close result, then it's called a tossup or, still retaining the hyphen, toss-up.

If the outcome is predicted to be very close, one might call it a race to a photo finish. The term comes primarily from horseracing before extremely precise timekeeping devices, where a photograph was used to determine which horse's nose was first over the finish line.

The American electorate has a fundamental tendency to divide closely, with "photo finish" elections being almost the rule rather than the exception.

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