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「うふふ、そうですねぇ、せっかくですから直接対決いきましょう。士織さんもステージで何かやってくださいよぉ」

Hi. What is the function of the bold と? Is it short for と言って?

Thank you.

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This と is "a quotation-like と" (I don't know the proper name) described in this question. と is not just for what someone said or thought; it can broadly mark the "content" of an action. The closest English equivalent would be "like ~", but in this case "go head-to-head" might be enough. This ~と行くか is a casual/colloquial expression used when someone has decided to "go for" something. It takes a (non-suru-verb, ordinary) noun.

  • さあ、ラストスパートと行くか。
    Now, let's go for the last part.
  • 次は日本酒と行きますか。
    Okay, let's try sake next.

Of course と行く can mean "to go with [someone]", too.

  • 彼と行きたいです。
    I want to go (together) with him.
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