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Football Glossary: Equaliser


In this football language post we look at the phrases, ‘equalise‘ and ‘equaliser‘. You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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This is the word to describe a goal scored to tie a game or to make the scores level. Another way of saying this would be to draw level. So, we can use the verb ‘to equalise‘ to show that a team has scored a goal to level the game, for example, Messi equalised with a shot in the 90th minute to make it 1-1. This means that Messi’s team was losing 1-0 but his goal helped them to draw levelto equalise. The noun form of this verb is ‘equaliser‘ and is used to describe the goal that brings the teams together – her equaliser forced the game into extra time for example.

  • Example: Bale scored an equaliser in the last minute but Spurs still lost on away goals.
  • Example: After scoring an equaliser Liverpool then went on to win the game 3-1 in a come-from-behind victory.
  • Example: …but Lewis Dunk scrambled an equaliser over the line from close range (, 2019)
  • Example: …as Adama Traore thumped in a deserved equaliser from the edge of the box midway through the second half ( December 2019)



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