Weekly Football Phrase: One-on-one

One is used in several phrases connected with football, for example, one-two, and one way traffic, but this week we introduce another – one-on-one.

one-on-oneOne is used in several phrases connected with football, for example, one-two, and one way traffic, but this week we introduce another – one-on-one.
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One-on-one describes a situation when one player faces another player, most often the goalkeeper, with a chance of scoring a goal. There is one player versus one other player in front of the goal. This is shortened to one-on-one. Commentators may say, ‘He’s through and one-on-one with the keeper’ or ‘He missed despite being through one-on-one.’One-on-one.’

  • For example: Twice Rooney was sent through one-on-one with the San Marinogoalkeeper in the second half. (The Guardian)
  • For example: Messi finds himself one on one with Courtois, but the keeper makes the save look easy! 

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