Goals change games
This cliche, goals change games, is up there with it’s a game of two halves and it’s not over until the final whistle, as one of those cliches that states something so obvious it doesn’t need to be said – as a cliche though, commentators and pundits can’t stop themselves from saying goals change games. Of course goals change games. It’s usually used when talking about imagining a situation when a goal wasn’t scored, and talking about how the game would have been different. Another situation you will hear this phrase is if a team scores just before half time – the inference being that this goal was more important than a goals cored at another time.
- Example: Goals change games and if Arsenal hadn’t scored so early, Chelsea may have settled in the FA Cup final and gone on to win the game.