In this football language post we look at the phrase, ‘cancel out’ which comes from the 2011 Copa América – during the tournament, the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport of football. Click on the link below to hear the phrase, while you can read a transcript for this podcast below, while you can also check out our glossary of footballing phrases here and visit our site to access all our previous posts and podcasts. If you have any suggestions or questions then you can contact us at

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Today’s English for football phrase is ‘to cancel out’ which means to eliminate or to wipe out and in football is used to describe a situation when one team scores an equaliser – it cancels out an earlier goal. In yesterday’s Copa América clash between Chile and Uruguay, Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez scored an equaliser after Uruguay had taken an earlier lead – his goal cancelled out the Uruguayan strike. To cancel out.

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  • Hi everyone. Could you help me understand the meaning of the words “connection” and ‘connect with” here?

    Braithwaite finally gets the chance to have a shot from Ilaix’s knockdown but his connection isn’t clean and it’s deflected behind for another corner.

    GREAT SAVE!! Pjanic drills a flat delivery from a corner towards the edge of the box, where Trincao steams in and connects with an exquisite left-footed volley. It takes a slight deflection off Estelles but is still kept out by Ramon.

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