Football Language: To rescue a point
In this football language post we explain the expression ‘to rescue a point’ which is when a team draws a game thanks to a late goal. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To rescue a point is a football phrase that means that one team secured a point after they had been behind in the game. So, if a team has been losing the game but then they can find some goals to equalise and draw the game we can say that they rescued a point. The idea of rescuing something suggests that it might be lost or have little chance of being recovered; so rescuing a point means a team have won a point even though it looked like they would not. Similar phrases include, ‘last-minute (or late) equaliser‘ and secure a point which maybe is not as dramatic as rescue a point. So, for example, in the 1994 World Cup South Korea came back from two goals down to rescue a point against Spain in their group match.
- Example: Swansea show some fight to rescue a point at home to Bournemouth (TNT Sports, 2015)
- Example: Blades rescue point after Mahmoud Dahoud sees red
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