In this football language post we look at some of the language used to describe some of Ronaldo’s recent late goals for Manchester United in the Champions League. We’ll be looking at many phrases including, ‘trademark header‘; ‘volleyed in‘; ‘breathless‘ and ‘bundle home‘. There is a transcript with this listening activity along with some vocabulary practice and you can also check out our football glossary and football cliches pages for hundreds more explanations of the language of soccer. If you have questions or comments about this or any other phrase then email us at: email@example.com.
Learning English Through Football Podcast: Ronaldo’s Late Goals
DF: Hello everyone, this is Damian from the Learning English Through Football team. I hope we are all doing well and enjoying the football. How did your favourite team get on this week? Did you watch any of the European matches that took place this week? Congratulations on the four teams who qualified for the Champions League knock-out stages: Ajax, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Liverpool – no doubt Damon will be happy! My team Tottenham are involved in the Europa Conference League – that’s the third tier of European football – and we defeated Dutch side Vitesse 3-2 in a rollercoaster of a game – so it’s going up and down. Some moments it was great; others it wasn’t so good. But of course that wasn’t the big news coming out of Tottenham this week because we now have a new manager as former Inter and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has joined the club after Nuno was fired or sacked last weekend. A week in football is a long time indeed.
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Now, one of the big games in Europe this week was the Champions League qualifier between Atalanta and Manchester United which ended in a 2-2 draw thanks to Man United’s Cristiano Ronaldo who scored an equaliser in the 91st minute. And as this was not the first time the Portuguese superstar has done this in the Champions League this season we thought we’d look at how some of the UK press described some of these late Ronaldo goals.
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Now, don’t forget there is of course a transcript to go with this podcast – it’s great for teaching and learning English – and if you have any questions or comments about any of the football language in this report then you can contact us here at: firstname.lastname@example.org. OK, let’s look at some of the language used to describe these late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United 2-1 Villareal (Ronaldo 95th minute)
Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta (Ronaldo 81st minute)
Three weeks later Ronaldo did it again as he scored a dramatic winner in the 81st minute to complete a remarkable turnaround as United came from two goals down to defeat Italian side Atalanta. Here’s what the BBC said about the late comeback win:
Atalanta 2-2 Manchester United (Ronaldo 91st minute)
In the fourth game in the group, the Red Devils were struggling to overcome Atalanta side again in the Champions League when Ronaldo rescued them again with a late winner. Here’s what the BBC said about the goal:
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OK, that’s it for this short podcast in which we’ve looked at some language connected to Ronaldo’s late goals in the Champions League including, ‘trademark header‘; ‘volleyed in‘; ‘breathless‘ and ‘bundle home‘. Let us know if you know any other words to describe Ronaldo’s Champions League goals – in any language – by adding a comment below our post or by dropping us a line at: email@example.com.
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And don’t forget there is also a transcript for this report and of course we have a huge glossary of football language here at languagecaster.com – hundreds and hundreds of entries, including many of the words and phrases from today’s show. OK, myself and Damon, who is of course watching all of his football in Tokyo, will be back soon with some more football language. Enjoy all the football this week and we’ll see you again soon. Bye bye.
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