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Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we take a look at the noun ‘a comeback’. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.

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A comeback

This week’s football phrase is ‘a comeback‘. This noun is often used with the verb ‘to make‘ – to make a comeback. If a team makes a comeback, they win (or sometimes draw) a game from a losing position. Perhaps the other team is winning by two goals, 2-0, and the final score is 2-3. This is a comeback. Adjectives are also used in this phrase: typically, thrilling, astonishing, stunning and unlikely – QPR made an astonishing comeback against Liverpool to win the game 3-2. In the Champions League, Arsenal nearly made a stunning comeback against AC Milan, winning the 2nd leg 3-0. But their brave comeback wasn’t enough and they went out 4-3 over two legs. A comeback.

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