World Cup Word of the Day: Goalkeeping Gaffe
A gaffe is a kind of mistake – usually an embarrassing one. In football we often use this word when talking about mistakes or blunders that goalkeepers might make – it is similar to the word howler. In the Group H match between Russia and Korea last night there was a goalkeeping gaffe when the Russian keeper Akinfeev allowed the ball to slip from his hands and into the net to put Korea 1-0 up. The shot was not particularly difficult to stop so it which made it more embarrassing for the Russian stopper – it was a big error; a goalkeeping gaffe.
- Example: The Russian goalkeeper produced the goalkeeping gaffe of the tournament after spilling the ball into his own net against Korea.
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