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Weekly Football Phrase: To Net

This week’s English for football phrase is the expression ‘To net‘. You can understand more about this phrase by reading the transcript below. You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here. This post also features in our podcast show, along with a main report and our weekly predictions.

To Net

This week’s English for football phrase is ‘to net’. This verb is another way of saying to score a goal, for example, the player netted in the 90th minute to win the game. This verb can also collocate with nouns such as ‘the winner’ – to net the winner which is used to describe when a player scores the winning goal in a match. Another word that often collocates with the verb net is ‘brace‘ which means a pair, so the phrase to net a brace means that the player scored twice. In the recent friendly between England and Chile, the Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez netted a brace in their 2-0 defeat of England. To net.

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Example: ‘The Spaniard netted three times in a crazy match at St James’ Park’ (Manchester Evening News May 14 2021).

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