In this post we explain the football expression to ‘one-sided affair‘, which is a phrase to describe a match that is dominated by one side. If you have questions or comments, email us at: affair

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Football Language: One-sided affair

The football expression ‘one-sided affair‘ is a phrase to describe a match that is dominated by one team. A football match obviously sees two sides play against each other but if one side is better, much better, than their opponents then we can use the phrase ‘one-sided affair‘ to describe this type of game. This phrase suggests that only one side, or team, are playing well with the other team not really playing and this expression is often employed when there is a thrashing involved – when one side scores a lot of goals against the opponent. The noun ‘affair‘ in this phrase has the meaning of an event which in football refers to the match and the fact that is one-sided (we never really use the phrase ‘two-sided affair’) means that the match only has one team playing good football. A one-sided affair.

Example: The 100th league instalment of ‘Der Klassiker’ was a one-sided affair as Mats Hummels, Lewandowski, Javi Martínez and Serge Gnabry had Bayern in dreamland before the break (Guardian, April 6th 2019).

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