World Cup Word of the Day: To Latch on to
This phrase describes a player taking advantage of a cross, a flick on, or a loose ball etc. To latch on to means to take the chance offered. A player can latch on to a through ball, latch on to a cross, latch on to a ball lost by the opposition and so on. The verb implies quick thinking and skill to bring the ball under control or to shoot.
- Example: Klose latched on to Howedes’ header to knock in German’s equaliser.
- Example: Asamoah Gyan latches on to a wonderful ball slipped through the midsdle by Sulley Muntari. (The Guardian live coverage, @9.22 pm)