Football Language: (to) Go Through (Someone)

Go ThroughIn this post, we look at the phrase ‘(to) Go Through (Someone)’; what does it mean and when when do we use it?

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

(to) Go Through (Someone)

The football phrase ‘to go through someone‘ describes a kind of tackle. The tackle is a strong one and usually results in a booking (a yellow card) or even a sending off (red card). The tackler attacks the ball, which is being protected by the opposition player. The only way the tackler can get the ball is ‘to go through‘ the opponent; they hit the player before the ball. Therefore, it is an illegal tackle.

  • Example:Hugo Lloris, an unlikely enforcer, went through Lanzini on the edge of the box but received the now traditional goalkeeper’s pardon (ie. he wasn’t booked; The Guardian).
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