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Learn English Through Football Podcast: 2020-21 Season – Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham
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OK, now, on today’s show, we’re going to spotlight some of the football language connected with games that took place last weekend in the Premier League! Most teams have now played four games, with a few still on three, so it is still early, but there has been plenty of action.
Spill; Save (someone’s) blushes; Consolation – Everton 4-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
OK, let’s start at Goodison park, where Everton took on Brighton & Hove Albion. The Toffees’ goalkeeper was under the spotlight – a lot of people were watching his performance closely – because he had made a big goalkeeping error in the League Cup a few days earlier.
Unfortunately for Jordan Pickford, he made another error in this game. He spilled a tame ball, allowing Maupay to slot home and equalize for Brighton. To spill is to allow some liquid, water, tea etc., to fall out of a glass or cup, by knocking it over for example. In football, it means to drop the ball. What made it worse was the bounce was a tame one – it was weak with no power or difficult spin; it was easy to catch.
Luckily for Pickford, Everton went on to win the game comfortably. This means his team spared his blushes. To blush is for your cheeks to turn red because you are embarrassed; maybe you have made a bad mistake in front of everyone. To spare someone’s blushes means to fix their mistake so they do not have to be embarrassed. Everton won the game, so Pickford’s embarrassing mistake could be forgotten.
Brighton & Hove Albion scored a late consolation, a fine strike from Bissouma in added time, but they were fairly easily beaten. A consolation goal may make the fans and the scorer happy for a while, but it doesn’t avoid a loss. Consolation goals are often scored late on in games too.
So there we have three phrases from the Everton vs Brighton and Hove Albion game: spill the ball, spare a player’s blushes, and consolation goal.
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Barge over; Brace; Horror show – Manchester United 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur
DB: Next we’ve got Manchester United versus Tottenham, in one of the most surprising results so far this season in the Premier League, along with Leicester’s defeat of Manchester City 5-2. Let’s start with the verb to barge over. To barge into someone is to hit them hard with your body, usually your shoulder. In fact, a shoulder barge used to be a common feature of the game, when two players used their bodies and shoulders to try to push each other away from the ball. In this game Martial was barged over in the box by Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez, which gave Manchester United the perfect start – a penalty which they converted to go 1-0 up.
From that point, however, it went downhill for the Red Devils – things got bad. In the end Tottenham scored six past a hapless Manchester United with two Spurs players bagging braces – Son and Kane. A brace is when you score two goals. The verb ‘to bag‘ is often used with this phrase. Originally, to bag a brace means to shoot two game birds for eating – you kill two birds – a brace – and put them in your bag to go home.
This really was a horror show for Manchester United – a terrible game, a game fans watch behind their hands. They also had a player sent off, saw their most expensive defender easily beaten throughout the game, and saw six goals fly past them into their net – a real horror show.
So, barge over, bag a brace, and a horror show. That makes six football phrases from two Premier League games.
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