The word chance is used in football to describe the possibility of scoring a goal, so for example, the team created many chances (or openings). A clear-cut chance is where the forward is expected to score, so maybe he is clear on goal in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper. In this case the fans feel he should score whereas with a half-chance, which is much more difficult – perhaps a shot from distance – the fans may be more sympathetic if the player misses. Of course if a player scores with a half-chance he is seen as a very good player with an eye for goal. Over the weekend West Ham played a very defensive game against their rivals and restricted Tottenham to half-chances; they did not allow Tottenham to have any clear chances to score.
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