Football Language: Match winner
The phrase ‘match winner‘, sometimes spelled with a hyphen (match-winner), is used to describe a goal that wins a game: the match winner arrived in the second half means that the winning goal came in the second half. We can also use this phrase to describe the player who scores the winning goal – their goal has won the match. So, for example, Kane proved to be the match winner with his second half goal; Kane’s goal won all three points.
- Example: Phil Neville reveals motivational talk with match-winner Ellen White (The Independent, 2017)
- Example: Brighton matchwinner Maupay slams Arsenal over lack of ‘humility’ (ESPN.co.uk, 20 June 2020)