Football Cliche: 2-0 is the most dangerous of leads
If a team is leading another team by two goals then there is a very, very good chance that this team will go on to win the game – in most cases comfortably. But sometimes, the opposing side scores a goal and the complexion or the character of the game changes; maybe the team that has reduced the lead starts to up its game or play better, while the winning side starts to feel the pressure and then there is an equaliser and the 2-0 lead has disappeared. This week Tottenham let a two-goal lead slip in their League Cup match against London rivals West Ham. They were winning 2-0 but ended up losing 3-2. Then in a recent Premier League match West Ham raced to a two-goal lead over Crystal Palace only to allow Palace back into the game – it finished 2-2 – so I wonder if the 2-0 lead is indeed the most dangerous of leads?
Example: Spain let a two-goal lead slip against England in the 2017 under-17 World Cup final. 2-0 is a very dangerous lead.