Each week the languagecaster team will explain a football phrase or cliche for learners of English who love the sport. On this week’s show we take a look at the verbal phrase ‘to slot home‘. Click on the link below to learn about the word or phrase, while you can also read the transcript. You can also find many more examples by going to our football cliches here and our huge football glossary here.
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This week’s football phrase is to slot home, to slot the ball home, which means to score a goal. As opposed to hitting the ball with power, the idea of slotting the ball home suggests precision, that the ball fits into the net nicely. In the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Barcelona and Milan this week, the Italian player Nocerino slotted home an equaliser to give AC Milan some hope, though a few minutes later Lionel Messi slotted home his second penalty of the night to give the victory to Barcelona. To slot home.
Example: Tomi Adeloye raced through and slotted home with 10 minutes left. (BBC.co.uk, May 3 2021)