Every day during the 2010 World Cup, the languagecaster team explain a football phrase or cliché connected to this summer’s tournament. Today’s expression is ‘consolation goal‘. Click on the link below to hear the word or phrase and you can also read the transcript. You can find many more examples by going to our football phrase page here football clichés here and our huge football glossary here.

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Today’s World Cup phrase of the day is the expression consolation goal which is a goal that is scored by a team that cannot win the game. It usually comes at the end of the match when it is too late to make a comeback or when the opposing side has scored so many goals that it is impossible to win. In today’s second round match at the World Cup between Holland and Slovakia, the Slovaks scored a consolation goal in the 94th minute which was too late as the Dutch had already scored twice and went on to win 2-1. A consolation goal.

  • Example: Tunisia scored a consolation goal in the 92nd minute against Belgium as they were already 5-1 down.
  • Example: Paik Seung-ho scores a ‘beltingconsolation goal for South Korea (BBC.co.uk, December 5 2022) [World Cup 2022]
  • We think this term in German is ‘Ehrentreffer‘ [Guardian.co.uk]
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