Tide turns

poachThis week, languagecaster.com introduces the English for football phrase ‘the tide turns‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.
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Today’s English for football is the tide turns. The tide is the movement of the sea connected to the moon. There is a high tide and a low tide, so when the tide turns the sea becomes higher or lower. This phrase is used in football to talk about when a game’s character has changed, when the fortunes of the teams changes, or perhaps in the longer term, when a team in the league suddenly starts to do well or badly. Now, in the Champions League quarter-final first leg game between Fenerbahce and Chelsea, the English team had looked comfortable and in control of the game in the first half, taking a one-nil lead and having lots of chances. However, ‘the tide turned’ when Fenerbahce equalised soon after the second half started. Kazim’s goal turned the tide and the Turkish side began to dominate the game. Chelsea went on to lose 2-1. The tide turns.

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