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In this football language post we explain the verb ‘advance‘ which is used to describe a team qualifying for the next round of a tournament. 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: admin@languagecaster.com.

Football Language: Advance

We are now about to start the knock-out tournaments to decide the winners of the 2019-20 Europa and Champions League winners and so our phrase for this week is the verb ‘to advance‘ which is used to describe when a team goes through or qualifies for the next round. So, for example, when Manchester City defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in their last-16 match they advanced to the last 8 – they qualified for the last 8. A team can advance to the next round of a tournament – which four sides will advance to the semi-finals of this year’s Champions League?

Example: Now that the remaining four round of 16 matchups are decided, with Man City, Lyon, Barcelona and Bayern Munich advancing, the scene shifts to Lisbon, Portugal, for the start of the quarterfinals (CBS Sports, August 8 2020).

Related Vocabulary

  • To qualify
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