IDIOMS

catch sight of

(transitive, idiomatic) to see for a brief period; to get a glimpse of

Example: 2012 18 April, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 1-0 Barcelona”[1], BBC Sport:
  Di Matteo clearly saw Drogba's power as a potential threat to a Barcelona defence stripped of Gerard Pique - but he barely caught sight of goal in a first 45 minutes in which the Catalans exerted their technical superiority.