This week, we look at a verb for a kind of shot – to lob, which can also be used as a noun, a lob. The verb to lob is usually used with an object, for example, ‘The player lobbed the keeper’ or ‘He lobbed it over the keeper’. To lob is to lift the ball in an arc over the head of an opposing player. It is usually done from a distance, for example from outside the box, as you need distance to get the ball high enough to go over the opposing player and still come down under the goal’s crossbar. When used as a noun, you can say, ‘The player scored with a clever lob over the onrushing keeper‘, for example.
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