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This week’s English for football expression is semi-finalist which refers to the teams involved in the last four, or semi-finals, of a competition such as the FA Cup in English club football or the World Cup. To reach the semi-finals a team will usually have to win knock-out matches against many teams, including the last-16 and the quarter-finals (the last 8). Semi-finalist
- Example: Liverpool beat Blackburn in the replay of their quarter-final match to join the other semi-finalists Aston Villa, Arsenal and Reading.
- Example: The four semi-finalists at the last World Cup in Brazil (2014) were Germany, Argentina, the Netherlands and hosts Brazil.