Football Language: Parry the shot

parry the shotThe main job of a goalkeeper is to stop the opposition from scoring by making saves: they can catch, hold or punch the ball. If a keeper saves a shot but allows the ball to come back into play we say that the keeper has parried the shot. Some pundits and fans do not like it when a keeper parries the ball as the ball might go back into the danger area – they would prefer him or her to catch the ball cleanly. Parry the shot.
  • Example: The keeper parried the shot and the forward scored on the rebound
  • Example: The ball was parried by the keeper before being cleared.

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