Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. This week we look at the phrase ‘to ride your luck’. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript below that. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for football is the expression to ride your luck which in football means that a team or a player has been rather lucky. For example, a team can be described as riding their luck when it does not concede a goal due to their opponents missing lots of opportunities or maybe hitting the post. Recently, Championship side Brighton rode their luck when Portsmouth missed a penalty in the last minute to give the win to Brighton. To ride their luck.

Example: Liverpool ride their luck but game of fine margins remains wide open (The Guardian, May 5th 2019)

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