This post explains the football phrase ‘Down to ten men’ which is often used when a player has been injured or sent off.
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To go down to the wire: When a game, or more usually a league, has an exciting or tight finish. The result is not known until the very end.
To do the double over: To beat a team twice in the same season; winning home and away
Dead man walking: This refers to a manager who everyone knows will soon be sacked; will soon be fired. He will soon lose his job.
Days are numbered: We use this expression to describe a situation in which a manager (or player) is about to lose their job: they are under intense pressure
A cracker: A very exciting match, usually with lots of goals OR a great goal
To come back from the dead: To make a remarkable comeback, to stage a fightback when all seems lost
(to) Come a Cropper: This phrase is used to describe a situation when a team fails badly at something particularly a big team against a smaller team
Chickens Come Home to Roost: This expression is used to say that something bad has happened because of mistakes, or bad behaviour, in the past. It is close to the idea of ‘karma’ in many Asian religions, or the phrase, ‘you reap what you sow’.