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Every week during the 2010-11 season, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or clichĂ© for learners of English who love the sport. This week we look at the phrase ‘to rue missed chances‘ which is used to describe the feeling a team has when they continually miss scoring opportunities. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript below that. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichĂ©s here and our huge football glossary here.

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This week’s English for Football phrase is to rue which means to regret and in football is often used with the word miss, as in missed chances and opportunities missed. This means that a team (or a player) regrets the fact that there had been a chance of winning or scoring a goal but that opportunity then disappeared. This week, Wales midfielder Gareth Bale rued his side’s failure to take their chances in the game against Switzerland in the recent European Championship qualifier – a game in which Wales lost 1-4. To rue missed chances.

Example: Andre Gray and Watford rue missed chances in Sheffield United stalemate (Guardian, October 5th 2009)

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