Weekly English for Football Phrase: To Hit on the Break

Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché for learners of English who love the sport. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football clichés here and our huge football glossary.

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This week’s English for football is ‘hit on the break‘ or ‘hit on the counter‘. Both these phrases mean the same thing – to attack the other team quickly after defending for a long period. Many teams sit back in defense and wait for an opportunity to hit their opponents on the break. They see that the other team has too many players committed to attack and, with two or three quick players, move from defence to attack with a few quick passes. The opposing team is thrown on to the back foot (has to defend) as they are hit on the counter. This week in the Champions League Tottenham were under a lot of pressure playing away at AC Milan. Milan were attacking and camped around Tottenham’s box, but a quick break from Lennon who squared the ball to Crouch saw Tottenham score on the counter. To hit on the break

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