Football Glossary: To spark (a comeback / trouble)

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(to) Spark (a comeback / trouble)

To start, to incite. To cause something to happen (usually quite quickly). To spark a comeback means to start a comeback, i.e. a team that was losing starts to come back and possibly draw or win the game. To spark trouble refers to an incident that happens that causes some kind of trouble, for example, a bad tackle sparked a fight between the players.

  • Example: The trouble at Stamford Bridge was sparked by a possible racist comment.
  • Example: The early second half goal sparked a remarkable comeback



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