Football Language: Drag a shot wide
In football there are lots of words and phrases for when a player misses a scoring chance and one of these is to drag a shot wide. ‘Wide’ tells us that the player has missed the target – the ball has gone to the left or the right of the posts – while the verb ‘drag’ tells us how the player has shot. This means that the player has not had clean contact with the ball, that the player has misshit the ball, and has lost control of where he or she wants to place the ball. If a player drags the ball wide it usually means that the player was in a good position to score but has missed badly due to poor technique. To drag a shot wide.
Example: ‘…before substitute Marcus Rashford dragged a shot wide in the closing stages.’ (BBC.co.uk 22nd Feb 2018)