To score a brace
This week’s English for football phrase is to score a brace. A brace means two of the same thing and comes from hunting – a brace of guns might be two pistols, a brace of birds would be two birds that had been shot for food. In football, you can score a brace, two goals (We use this phrase to describe one player scoring two goals – they scored a brace). If you score three goals, it is known as a hat-trick. On the last day of the (2010) Premier League season, Didier Drogba scored a hat-trick while his strike partner, Anelka, scored a brace for Chelsea.
You might also hear the phrase ‘to hit a brace‘; ‘to bag a brace‘ or ‘to notch a brace‘ which all mean the same thing – the same player scoring twice.
Example: Delphine Cascarino scored a brace in the international friendly football match between France Women v Denmark Women in 2019.
Example: Sergiño Dest is the first American player to score a brace in La Liga (En. As.com, 21 March 2021)