One Way Traffic

One way traffic When only one team is doing all the attacking – the direction of play is going in one direction only. This phrase comes from talking about a one-way street or road where the cars can only move in one direction. When we use it to talk about a football match, we mean that all the attacking is coming from one team. Just as on a one-way street the cars move in the one direction, in a match with one-way traffic all the shots or attacking is from one team. It doesn’t always mean that the team who is supplying the one-way traffic wins, just that all the attacking, shots, and chances are from this team and the other team is not attacking. One-way traffic.

  • Example: It was one-way traffic as Holland thrashed France 4-1 in the European Championships.
  • Example: It wasn’t always one-way traffic as Pepe Reina pulled off three excellent saves but the win against Wigan moves Liverpool up to seventh in the Premier League.
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