To fall kindly for

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Football Language:  To fall kindly for

To fall kindly for: In football luck is an important part of the game despite all of the preparation that teams carry out beforehand. Sometimes the ball will bounce one way and another time it will bounce another way and when this happens we can use the phrase ‘to fall for‘, as in the ball has fallen for the player. We can then add an adverb such as ‘kindly’ or ‘unkindly’ to show that the luck was good or bad. So, if the ball fell kindly for Kane it means that the ball came to Harry Kane in a lucky rather than planned way – the ball fell kindly for him. Here’s an example from the official twitter account from Premier League side Fulham describing how their player Sessignon scored a goal: ‘The ball falls kindly to Sessegnon of the edge of the six-yard box, and our boy sticks it in!’ (Fulham Twitter account, December 26th 2018).

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