A miss is as good as a mile
A near miss is still a miss and therefore no better than missing by a great margin. Losing a game by one point is still losing.
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Coming close to success but failing is no better than failing by a lot, as in He was beaten by just one vote, but a miss is as good as a mile. This proverbial expression, first recorded in 1614, is a shortening of the older form, “An inch of a miss is as good [or bad] as a mile of a miss.”