Football Cliche: Goals change games

This cliche, goals change games, is up there with it’s a game of two halves and it’s not over until the final whistle.

This post explains Goals change gamesthe cliche ‘Goals change games’. What does it mean and when when do we use it in football?

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
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Goals change games

This cliche, goals change games, is up there with it’s a game of two halves and it’s not over until the final whistle, as one of those cliches that states something so obvious it doesn’t need to be said – as a cliche though, commentators and pundits can’t stop themselves from saying goals change games. Of course goals change games. It’s usually used when talking about imagining a situation when a goal wasn’t scored, and talking about how the game would have been different. Another situation you will hear this phrase is if a team scores just before half time – the inference being that this goal was more important than a goals cored at another time. 

  • Example: Goals change games and if Arsenal hadn’t scored so early, Chelsea may have settled in the FA Cup final and gone on to win the game.
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