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Finish with aplomb
This week’s English for football is the phrase ‘to finish with aplomb‘, which means to score a goal with a good deal of confidence, a great finish. To do something with aplomb means to be self-assured or very confident so when a player scores a goal with aplomb it means they never really looked like missing. In the Copa del Rey match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona, French full-back Eric Abidal scored his first ever career goal to help the Catalan side to make it through to the last 8. He side-footed the ball home after a pass from Xavi – who else? – he finished with aplomb. To finish with aplomb.