2019 Women’s World Cup Language: To be all over a team
If one team dominates another team in a game we can say that they are all over them. So, in this evening’s opening World Cup game France were all over Korea, particularly in the first half as they scored three times and had another ruled out by VAR. The French dominated the ball which means they did not allow the Korean side to enjoy any possession and they eased to a comfortable win – they were all over the Korean side. A similar phrase is ‘to blow away‘ which describes a situation in a game when one team quickly scores lots of goals with no reply – they blew their opponents away. Another common phrase used to describe this type of performance is to have or to take a deserved lead – so we can say that the French team took a deserved 3-0 lead at half-time.
Only one game today and this saw the hosts ease to a 4-0 victory over a poor South Korean side. Remarkably 19 of the 21 players currently registered to play in the 2019 Women’s World Cup predictions competition correctly said that France would win but no one predicted the correct score. This means 19 players share the lead with one point after the first game. Tomorrow sees three games with one of the favourites for the tournament and two-time winners, Germany, taking on China in Group B, while in the same group Spain and South Africa face each other. The third game tomorrow involves the other two sides from Group A – Norway and Nigeria.