THE VERB "TO BEAT"
This is a verb that is not well known by Spanish speakers. I have often used this verb in class and every time I use it I get asked by someone to explain what it means.
In the modern day context this verb is mostly connected with sports and it can be used to explain easily which team won a match: "Real Madrid beat Juventus in the Champions League Final". So the basic translation into Spanish would be "ganar".
If you don't want to use "beat" you can always use "won against". It is important to remember the word "against" in this context because "Real Madrid won Juventus" is wrong!
Hope that helps!
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