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Football Glossary: Sucker punch

Sucker punch

Sucker punch This phrase is connected to counter-attacking football. The phrase sucker punch originally comes from boxing and means to hit or punch someone when their guard is down: when they are not ready. In football a sucker punch means a goal that is scored when the other team wasn’t prepared: they give an easy goal away. In the 4-4 draw between Arsenal and Liverpool, Arsenal made a quick break from a Liverpool corner and scored a sucker punch goal – there were few Liverpool defenders to stop Arsenal. The goal was scored quickly and easily by Arsenal.
  • Example: Manchester City scored a sucker punch goal on the counter attack.

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