Football Language: Last-gasp goal

In this football language post we explain the football expression ‘last-gasp goal’ which is a late, very late, goal in a game – one that tends to change the result of the game.

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In this football language post we explain the football expression ‘last-gasp goal’ which is a late, very late, goal in a game – one that tends to change the result of the game. Don’t forget we have hundreds more explanations of football language in our football glossary and we also have a page full of football cliches. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: admin@languagecaster.com.

Football Expression: Last-gasp goal

Today’s English for football is a last-gasp winner or last-gasp equalizer. Now last-gasp in football means at the last moment, in the last minute, so for example, the 90th minute or in injury or additional time. For example, John O’Shea’s goal against Liverpool was a last-gasp winner beating the Reds one-nil at Anfield. A last-gasp equaliser: for example, Messi scored a last-gasp equaliser for Barcelona against Real Madrid. His goal meant that Barcelona drew with Real Madrid 3-3 in the 90th minute. Last gasp goal/last-gasp equaliser.

  • Example: Ousmane Dembélé’s last-gasp goal saves draw for Barcelona at Atlético Madrid (Guardian, November 24, 2018)
  • Example: Tottenham scored in the 96th minute aganst Ajax in the 2019 Champions League semi-final – a real last-gasp goal.

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Attribution: By Darz Mol – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5 es, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5660394

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