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- Game, set and match is a phrase from tennis which is used to describe the winning of the match and so in football we use it to describe a situation when a team can not be beaten. In the example above Liverpool have scored a third goal late on meaning that Villareal cannot come back. Liverpool will run out winners – game, set and match.
- Orchestrator is linked to the word ‘orchestra conductor’ who is in charge of how the orchestra plays so in football when we use this word, orchestrator, to describe a player we mean that he or she is in charge of how a team plays.
- A give and go is the same as a one-two which is where one player uses another player to pass around an opponent (Wall pass is another similar phrase)
- poor corner: No chance for the attackers to score
- overhit corner: The ball goes past everyone as it was hit too hard
The phrase ‘all hands on deck‘ is taken from sailing and means that everyone (the hands) needs to help out on the boat (the deck). In football we use the phrase to mean that everyone in the team (and not just the defenders) have to help out with defending. If you hear the phrase during a game it probably means that a team is under lots of pressure.
- To throw the kitchen sink at something means to try everything you can to solve a problem, to break down a barrier or defence. So, in football this phrase is used to describe a situation when one team is continuously attacking another team in an attempt to score – they are trying to break down the other side with everything they have got.
- To throw everything at is another way of saying this.
You can also look at the explanation of the phrase ‘everything but the kitchen sink‘ from UsingEnglish.com
- To play the ball = to pass
- To shepherd the ball (out) is when a defender protects the ball and allows it to run out of play. He or she does not touch it but does not allow an opponent to get to it either.
To take their feet off the gas means that a team does not play as hard as it can. It suggests that because a team was playing really well and probably winning easily they don’t play as hard in the final sections. They can relax a little knowing that they will probably win.
- Gas and pedal can be interchanged here (The gas pedal is another way of talking about the accelerator)
- The idea of an architect in football means that someone can build (or construct) attacks. The architect of an attack is the player who assists a colleague to shoot or score.
- To be all over the shop means to be completely disorganised. Another way of saying this is to be at sixes and sevens