There are many ways to describe a shot: volley, smash, curl and so on. The verb ‘to dink‘ however, is not so common because this kind of shot is quite rare. To dink is often combined with the adverb ‘over‘ – for example, to dink over the goalkeeper. It means to lift the ball delicately over another player – usually the goalkeeper. It requires skill and also vision. You dink the ball by striking under the ball, striking it hard, but not following through. This causes the ball to lift high but soon drop down. It can also be used as a noun – a delicate dink over the onrushing keeper. Last weekend West Bromwich Albion visited Manchester United and Amalfitano scored a great goal by running half the length of the pitch and finally dinking the ball over De Gea. To dink.
Example: Romelu Lukaku dinked the ball over the Tunisian keeper to increase Belgium’s lead just before half-time.
- Nice article on the meaning of dink in football from The Telegraph.
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