2018 World Cup Language: Fluke

This noun from our  2018 World Cup football language is fluke.fluke

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2018 World Cup Language: Fluke

The dictionary defines this noun as a surprising piece of luck; a chance occurrence. We can use this noun in football to describe a shot or a pass that was lucky in some way. So for example, in the Sweden v  Switzerland game, the Swedish striker Forsberg had a shot on goal that looked as though it would be easily saved. The shot lacked power and the keeper had it covered. However, it took a deflection, hit another player, and it changed direction resulting in a goal. The goal was a fluke. In the Belgium versus Japan game, too, there was a flukey goal – flukey is the adjective form. Belgian defender Vertonghen  headed a high ball back into the area, hoping the ball would reach a team-mate. However, the ball looped over the goalkeeper and into the far corner. It was a fluke, a flukey goal.

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