Football Language: (to/be) Level
The word ‘level‘ means ‘even’ or ‘flat’, and in football when used as a verb ‘to level’, it means that a goal is scored equalling the other team’s score. The scores were levelled means, perhaps, that a team were losing one-nil but scored, bringing the scores to 1-1 – even, equal. So to level means to score and also bring the scores equal. It can also be used as an adjective – the scores are level, meaning equal. It is also used when talking about the rankings of teams in the league – team A and team B are level on points.
Example: Having dominated the first period, PSG scored two minutes into the second-half before a terrible own-goal by Berger levelled the tie. (The Guardian, 28 March 2019)
Example: Football news – Rangers beat Celtic to go level on points at top of table. (Headline from eurosport.co.uk, 29 December 2018)