Pull one back – Football Language Podcast – Euro 2020: Day 3

In this football language podcast we look back at the third day of the 2020 European Championships and discuss some of the phrases from the BBC report on The Netherlands win over Ukraine yesterday. 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 admin@languagecaster.com.

Pull one back – Football Language Podcast – Euro 2020: Day 3

DB: Hi there everyone, this is Damon from the Learning English Through Football team – We hope you are doing well. Today, I’m looking back at Day 3 from Euro 2020. I’ll be looking at some language in a report on The Netherlands versus Ukraine match, which ended with a 3-2 win for the Dutch. There are two phrases from the BBC report I’d like to focus on – pull one back and dipping finish.

Pull one backStinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in Swedish).

To Pounce

Now, just before we look at the two phrases – pull one back and dipping finish, I’d like to highlight some language in the report that Damian covered yesterday. He mentioned that Lukaku pounced on a mistake by the goalkeeper. Well, in the BBC report on The Netherlands v Ukraine game we have the same phrase. T his time Wijnaldum ‘pounced from inside the box‘ to score. And those who listened or read Damian’s report know that to pounce means to react quickly to a situation.

Wijnaldum’s goal was the first of two, and it looked like The Netherlands were going to cruise to victory, win comfortably. However, Ukraine stunned the Dutch with two goals of their own. The BBC report describes the first Ukraine goal like this: ‘But Ukraine pulled one back through Andriy Yarmolenko’s outstanding 25-yard dipping finish.’

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Pull one back

So, we have to pull one back – Ukraine pulled one back. This means to score a goal after the opponent has scored first. The Netherlands were 2-0 up, but Ukraine scored – pulled one ba  – to make the score 2-1. We could also say, ‘clawed one back’, especially if the opponent’s lead was bigger, say 3-0 or 4-0.

One more goal and Ukraine would be level, and the report goes on to say, ‘four minutes later, Roman Yaremchuk headed the equaliser to silence the Dutch fans’. Yaremchuk equalised, he scored an equaliser, to bring the match to 2-2. This shocked the Dutch fans, silencing them. They had been celebrating a 2-0 lead and a comfortable game, and now the game was in the balance.

A Dipping Finish

The equaliser was a header, but the first goal by Ukraine was described as a dipping finish. Yesterday, Day 2 of the Euros, Damian talked about a finish, meaning a goal, and we have it mentioned here too. A dipping finish is a long range shot – say from outside the box, which dips down, drops, as it approaches the goal. We could also say it was a stunner – a great shot.

Stinger: You are listening to languagecaster.com (in Danish).

DB: Yes, you are listening to languagecaster.com and that message was in Danish.

The Netherlands went on to win with a third, so a great game for the neutrals and for Dutch fans, but the Ukraine fans must be gutted – extremely disappointed.

So, pull one back and a dipping finish – two phrases from a real thriller of a game yesterday. Tune in again tomorrow for more football language from the Euros! Don’t forget that there’s a transcript to this podcast and lots of vocabulary support. You can access this by coming along to our site. Remember that you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or you can drop us a line at admin@languagecaster.com.

That’s it for this short podcast. remember, you can also come along and play in our predictions competition, vote in our Euro 2020 poll and find lots of football language on our site here at languagecaster.com. Enjoy all the football. Ta-ra!

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