Football Language: Ease through
DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Learning English Through Football team – we hope you are all well and in this short football language podcast, I am going to explain the phrase ‘ease through‘ which is used to describe a comfortable victory for a team in a knock-out competition. The verb ‘to ease‘ means to do something easily, such as winning a game without any difficulty, and when we add the particle ‘through’ to the verb this means that the team has qualified for the next round of the competition without any problems at all; the team has easily defeated their opponents to make the next round or stage of a competition.
In the recent League Cup (Carabao Cup) tie between Lincoln City from League One and Liverpool, the Premier League champions, Liverpool eased though to the next round after thrashing Lincoln 7-2. The Reds hardly had to move out of first gear which suggests that they did not really have to work too hard to beat the minnows – they eased through to the next round. In another example, in recent Europa League qualifier, Tottenham eased through to the group stage after thrashing Maccabi 7-2.
Other words or phrases connected to ease through include qualify, progress and advance to the next round though we would have to add another adverb to suggest that this progress or qualification was easy. So, a team comfortably progressed to the group stage, for example.
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