English for Football Phrase: Week 41 – To Score a Brace

Each week we explain a soccer phrase or cliché on our weekly languagecaster podcast. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés here.

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.

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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)

Check out our glossary of footballing phrases here. And if you have any suggestions or comments then contact us at admin@languagecaster.com

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