Weekly Football Phrase: To wrong-foot the defence

This week’s football phrase is ‘to wrong-foot the defence’, which means to do something to catch out the defence; to throw them off-balance or to catch them by surprise.

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This week’s football phrase is ‘to wrong-foot the defence‘, which means to do something to catch out the defence; to throw them off-balance or to catch them by surprise. This often occurs when an attacker pretends to go or shoot one way but then does the opposite making the defenders lose balance. This happened in last weekend’s Manchester derby when United’s Rooney surprising shot wrong-footed the Manchester City defence and left goalkeeper Joe Hart stranded or wrong-footed. Rooneywrong-footed the defence to score.

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