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Football Language: Draw a blank

draw a blankIn this football language post we explain the expression to ‘draw a blank‘. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.

(to) Draw a blank

To draw a blank in football means to not be able to score a goal. The phrase is especially used when one team is expected to score but is unable to so, for example, Barcelona drew a blank at lowly Getafe in La Liga recently. Despite having Messi, Suarez and Neymar they failed to score, they drew a blank.

  • Example: The champions drew a blank against the team from the division below despite having the majority of possession.
  • Example: Gunners draw a blank as Villareal advance to Europa League final (RTE May 6 2021)
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