Football Cliche: Thunderbolt
A thunderbolt is used to describe a lightning flash and a huge sound of thunder and this power is the reason we use it in football to describe a type of shot. If a player scores with a thunderbolt it suggests that the shot is a powerful one – a really powerful one – and is unstoppable; the keeper cannot stop the shot. Be careful, a thunderbolt is not the same as a lightning strike as a lightning strike includes the meaning of speed; so for instance soon after the kick off. In this week’s Champions League last-16 matches, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland scored with a thunderbolt when he smashed the ball into the net from 25 yards, leaving the keeper no chance at all. A thunderbolt must be scored from distance – it cannot be a close range shot for example – so it might come from outside the box for example. Other examples of powerful shots include:
Example: The 19-year-old Norwegian showed two distinct sides of his impressive game with two second-half strikes – the first a predatory finish after Raphael Guerreiro’s shot was blocked and the second a left-footed thunderbolt from 20 yards. (18 February 2020, BBC.co.uk)
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