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Football Language: Scoreless Draw

In this football language podcast we explain the phrase ‘scoreless draw’ which is used to describe a game where neither side scores (0-0). You can read the transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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Football Language: Scoreless Draw

This week in their Champions League group match, London team Tottenham drew 0-0 with German side Bayer Leverkusen. When both teams fail to score in a game there are different ways to describe this result, including nil-nil and the phrase scoreless draw. If a game ends in a draw then we can describe it as a score draw – the opposite of a scoreless draw. Despite having no goals, some scoreless draws can be very exciting games and in this week’s Champions League game between Spurs and Bayer Leverkusen a combination of great saves from both goalkeepers, poor finishing and some bad luck meant that even though it finished 0-0, this scoreless draw was not a dull affair.

  • Example: Spurs hung on for a scoreless draw in Germany.
  • Example: The two sides played out a dull scoreless draw.



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