Football Language: (to) Turn the game on its head

Turn the game on its headSometimes in football a team appears to be in complete control of a game – they are dominating their opponent – and are maybe winning by one or two goals, say 1-0 or 2-0. As we know, football is a funny old game and anything can happen in a match which means that the game can dramatically change in an instant. In a recent Champions League game between Manchester City and Barcelona, the Catalan side were leading 1-0 and looking certain of another victory against City when the home side suddenly equalised after a defensive lapse. This energised the players and the supporters and in the second half City ran out 3-1 winners – the game had been turned on its head – one minute Barcelona had looked favourites to win but in the end it was City who won.
  • Example: Manchester City went 1-0 down against Barcelona but turned the game on its head in the second half to win 3-1.

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