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2023 Women's World Cup: Last 16 - Curled home

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Colombia continued their amazing tournament with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Jamaica in the last-16 game in Melbourne. The winner came in the second half when Usme controlled a wonderful cross-field pass before curling the ball into the net for the winner. Her control was great - another way of saying this is 'to take the ball down' - and then her shot was hit with accuracy as she bent or curled the ball past the keeper. When a player curls the ball they make it move in a different direction (either out to in or sometimes in to out). A curling shot is often more difficult for a keeper to save as the ball starts wide and then moves towards the goal.

In the headline from the BBC website, the goalscorer curled home the decisive strike which means she scored the winning goal (when a player hits home the ball it means they have scored a goal), while a decisive strike is one that wins a game - the goal decided the match.

Catalina Usme, who captained Colombia in Melbourne, curled home the decisive strike in the 51st minute.

 
Posted : 08/08/2023 11:07 pm
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A curling shot (a curler)

https://languagecaster.com/football-language-a-curler/

 

 
Posted : 08/08/2023 11:08 pm