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(to) Nod home

When we use the phrase to nod the ball we mean that a player has used his/her head to move the ball – to head the ball and to nod home is to score with a header; it’s like to head home, where ‘home’, of course, is the goal. You can also use the verb to nod on which means to flick on the ball with your head. To nod home.

  • Example: The midfielder nodded the ball on for the striker to score with a left-foot shot.
  • Example: The striker nodded home after a wonderful cross from the left.

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Football GlossaryEpisode 612