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An unhappy Germany fan.

Football Shout-out: Losing

Football Shout-out: Losing

Welcome to Football Shout-out from Premier Skills English, where we talk about the language you need when watching a match. Whether you are a super fan or an armchair supporter you won't be able to avoid football on TV this summer. In Football Shout-out, Jack and Rich present useful language to shout at the TV screen when watching a match with or without friends! In this episode, they look at some words and phrases that fans use when your team is losing and when they have lost. Do you know what 'we were robbed' means?

Transcript

If the listening was a bit difficult, you can listen and read the transcript at the same time.
Read the transcript and listen at the same time.

Jack: Hello and welcome to Premier Skills English - Football Shout-out 

Rich: Football shoutout is the series that teaches you the language you need when you’re watching the game.

Jack: Hi everybody my name’s Jack 

Rich: and my name’s Rich and welcome to our latest Football Shout-out where we talk about the English you need when you’re watching football.

Jack: If you listened to our last lesson, you will remember this:

Jack: Go on! Have a shot!

Rich: Unlucky! Against the post!

Jack: Hold on! He’s gone round the keeper. Oh no! What a sitter! I can’t believe he’s missed that.

Rich: My nan could do better than that and she’s 83!

Jack: He’s got to be putting chances like that away. That’s three he’s missed.

Rich: He couldn’t hit a barn door with a banjo this afternoon!

Jack: Penalty!

Rich: Oh no. Look who’s taking it! He hit the last one straight at the keeper!

Jack: Here we go! Oh no! He’s skyed it.

Rich: I can’t believe he’s fluffed another one. That’s miles off target. 

Jack: I think we might have to settle for a draw today. We couldn’t score in a month of Sundays.

Rich: We’ve definitely not got our scoring boots on today.

Rich: Our last lesson was all about what we shout when a player misses a chance. If you haven’t heard the lesson, there is a link on the side of this page for you to go back and listen and learn lots of instructions that we scream at players when they miss a chance.

Jack: This lesson is all about what we say when our team is losing or loses.

Rich: You might have heard fans saying things like I can’t believe we lost that match or we were so unlucky before. In this podcast, we’re going to look at some expressions that might be new for you.

Jack: The phrases and expressions we use often depend on whether we are losing and the match is still being played or we have lost and the match is finished.

Rich: That’s right. While your team is losing many fans always think there is a chance to win. It’s only when the match has finished when the reality hits them. Listen to this:

Jack: Oh no! That was shocking defending. I can’t believe we’ve let that one in.

RIch: The goalkeeper had no chance. The shot was too good.

Jack: But … the defending … shocking. Where was the defence?

Rich: I don’t know. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way. We’ve been the better team - we can still get back into this.

Jack: We always freeze on the big occasion. Look! The board is going up. Two minutes? There’s got to be at least 5 minutes extra!

Rich: Two minutes? You’ve got to be joking. Come on. We just need one more chance.

Jack: The final whistle. Rubbish!

...

Rich: You know … the best team won.

Jack: You’re joking, right? We were robbed!

Rich: It’s only a game. We’ll win next week.

Jack: Did you just say it’s only a game?

Rich: Err .. no?

Jack: We often don’t know what to say when we lose a game. If you’re playing, you can say ‘well played’ or ‘good game’ to an opponent, but fans can’t really do that.

Rich: No, fans are much more likely to say how they are really feeling. 

Jack: Some fans often feel that their team didn’t deserve to lose. They often say this even if it’s not true.

Rich: We often use conditional sentences here. We say things like ‘if only we’d taken our chances’ or ‘if only we’d scored with that chance near the end’.

Jack: Yes, there are often regrets, but sometimes we blame others. Opponents and referees are a common target.

Rich: We might hear ‘should have been’ here. This player should have been sent off or the ref should have given a penalty. My favourite phrase is ‘we were robbed’. 

Jack: I like that too. We use it when we think the other team has stolen the result through luck. You feel that your team deserved to win not the other team.

Rich: There are phrases we use while we are losing, too. We are usually more optimistic at this stage. We say things like ‘we can get back into this’ or ‘we just need one more chance’.

Jack: And we always complain about the amount of injury time. A good phrase to use here is ‘you’ve got to be joking’,’two minutes you’ve got to be joking there should be at least five!

Rich: Are you a good loser Jack?

Jack: No, I’m a terrible loser and you should never ever say ‘It’s only a game.’ That will just make things worse.

Rich: We’ll look at these phrases and a few more in the lesson which you can find below this podcast.

Jack: Listen again. Do you understand everything now?

Jack: Oh no! That was shocking defending. I can’t believe. We’ve let that one in.

RIch: The goalkeeper had no chance. The shot was too good.

Jack: But … the defending … shocking. Where was the defence?

Rich: I don’t know. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way. We’ve been the better team - we can still get back into this.

Jack: We always freeze on the big occasion. Look! The board is going up. Two minutes? There’s got to be at least 5 minutes extra!

Rich: Two minutes? You’ve got to be joking. Come on. We just need one more chance.

Jack: The final whistle. Rubbish!

...

Rich: You know … the best team won.

Jack: You’re joking, right? We were robbed!

Rich: It’s only a game. We’ll win next week.

Jack: Did you just say it’s only a game?

Rich: Err .. no?

Jack: So, there are a few expressions you can use when your team has lost or is losing. 

Rich: We’ve got some activities to help you remember the phrases that we’ve been speaking about in the lesson below this podcast.

Jack: We’ll be back soon with our next football English lesson, which will be about phrases football fans use when their team has a set-piece like a penalty, free-kick, corner or throw-in.

Rich: Bye for now and enjoy your football.

Language

What to say when your team is losing?

In the first part of the conversation, Jack and Rich's team were losing but the match was still in progress. Most fans are supportive during the match and the language they use reflects this. Many fans believe that they can find a way back into a match and they are not going to lose! Take a look at these phrases from the podcast:

The goalkeeper had no chance. The shot was too good.

We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way! 

We’ve been the better team - we can still get back into this.

We just need one more chance.

But, some fans are the opposite and are less supportive; especially if they're not happy with the team's performance. Take a look at these phrases from the podcast:

Oh no! That was shocking defending. I can’t believe we’ve let that one in.

Where was the defence?

We always freeze on the big occasion.

The final whistle. Rubbish!

Do you know any other phrases that fans use when their team is losing?

Willy Caballero wasn't happy after Argentina lost to Croatia.

What to say when your team has lost?

In the second part of the conversation, Jack and Rich's team had lost; the match had finished. After the match, the language we use changes. Fans often complain a lot. Their complaints might be about the referee, the opposition, their own players, the manager or even the fans. Here are some phrases that are used after a defeat. Decide what the complaint is about and who it is aimed at; the referee? the opposition? their own team? the fans? 

We were robbed.

That goal should never have counted.

The atmosphere was rubbish today.

I can't believe thir number six got away with that tackle.

They've got to bring VAR in soon. It's a joke.

We need to get behind the players more.

We should have made a few changes earlier.

If only we'd taken that chance near the end.

He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?

He really should be saving those. It was straight at him.

Do you know any other phrases you could use to complain about a defeat?

What not to say?

If you want to be supportive after the match, you might say something like:

We'll bounce back next week.

If we carry on playing like that, we'll win more than we lose.

They were lucky!

But, what you don't ever say is:

It's only a game.

This might annoy some fans and one Liverpool manager famously said:

Some people think football is a matter of life and death. I assure you, it's much more serious than that.

Egypt didn't have a great World Cup. They lost all three games they played.

Task

During and after a game

You need to imagine you are in three different situations. Look at the situations and decide what to say.

  1. There are 10 minutes left to play and your team is losing 1-0.
  2. You have just finished playing a match. You lost 3-2. You didn't think the referee had a good game.
  3. You lose a game 1-0. You think an opponent cheated to win a penalty.

Write your answers in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Can you think of any more situations to use the language in this podcast?

The answers to the quiz below are all words that Rich and Jack used in the roleplay. Can you remember what they said?

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What do you think?

Were any of these phrases new for you?

Can you tell us any other phrases that you can use when your team is losing or has lost? Please keep it clean!

Write your answers in the comments section below and don't forget to write your answers to the task we have given you in the section above.

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juandiegolasso
03/09/2018
CO
256
points

Yes, many of these phrases are new to me.


juandiegolasso
03/09/2018 02:50
Colombia
Tottenham Hotspur
256

Yes, many of these phrases are new to me.

MariaJoChaux
01/09/2018
CO
534
points

Yes, many of these phrases are new to me.


MariaJoChaux
01/09/2018 16:35
Colombia
Arsenal
534

Yes, many of these phrases are new to me.

Isabellaardi
24/08/2018
CO
468
points

1. There are 10 minutes left to play and your team is losing 1-0.
oh noo! come on! get in !
2. You have just finished playing a match. You lost 3-2. You didn't think the referee had a good game.
hard but fair
3. You lose a game 1-0. You think an opponent cheated to win a penalty.
get in! its a pen! fifty fifty

some phrases are new fot me

come on! GET IN ! fifty fifty


Isabellaardi
24/08/2018 23:36
Colombia
Manchester United
468

1. There are 10 minutes left to play and your team is losing 1-0.
oh noo! come on! get in !
2. You have just finished playing a match. You lost 3-2. You didn't think the referee had a good game.
hard but fair
3. You lose a game 1-0. You think an opponent cheated to win a penalty.
get in! its a pen! fifty fifty

some phrases are new fot me

come on! GET IN ! fifty fifty

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MajoRPuentes
12/08/2018
CO
626
points

Task:
1. "We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!"
2. "We were robbed".
3. "That goal should never have counted".

Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me.
I could say "They didn't have a good day" I guess.


MajoRPuentes's picture
MajoRPuentes
12/08/2018 23:55
Colombia
Manchester United
626

Task:
1. "We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!"
2. "We were robbed".
3. "That goal should never have counted".

Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me.
I could say "They didn't have a good day" I guess.

MairaPulzara1
11/08/2018
CO
504
points

Yes, there are many new prayers and I have learned
Things happen for a reason.


MairaPulzara1
11/08/2018 03:08
Colombia
Arsenal
504

Yes, there are many new prayers and I have learned
Things happen for a reason.

JuanitaVAnacona
10/08/2018
CO
631
points

Yes, many of them
Ohh, I do not know


JuanitaVAnacona
10/08/2018 21:37
Colombia
Liverpool
631

Yes, many of them
Ohh, I do not know

Lolabrito
10/08/2018
CO
695
points

1. Some of the sentences were new to me.
2. This result was an absolute disappointment! But we can turn this around in the next match.
Task:
-We definitely were robbed today!
-That goal should never have counted.
-The atmosphere was rubbish today.
- The referee not even reviewed the VAR.


Lolabrito
10/08/2018 19:02
Colombia
Liverpool
695

1. Some of the sentences were new to me.
2. This result was an absolute disappointment! But we can turn this around in the next match.
Task:
-We definitely were robbed today!
-That goal should never have counted.
-The atmosphere was rubbish today.
- The referee not even reviewed the VAR.

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PaulaRomero
10/08/2018
CO
471
points

No new phrases in this lesson.


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PaulaRomero
10/08/2018 05:17
Colombia
Liverpool
471

No new phrases in this lesson.

Oscarordoñez_
10/08/2018
CO
406
points

Super interesting


Oscarordoñez_
10/08/2018 03:23
Colombia
Manchester United
406

Super interesting

Geraldine Pedraza
10/08/2018
CO
374
points

excellent test


Geraldine Pedraza
10/08/2018 02:42
Colombia
Manchester City
374

excellent test

LauraPaladinezP
10/08/2018
CO
714
points

Task:
1. "We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!"
2. "We were robbed".
3. "That goal should never have counted".

What do you think?
- Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me.
-I could say "They didn't have a good day" I guess.


LauraPaladinezP
10/08/2018 00:51
Colombia
Liverpool
714

Task:
1. "We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!"
2. "We were robbed".
3. "That goal should never have counted".

What do you think?
- Yes, the most of the phrases were new for me.
-I could say "They didn't have a good day" I guess.

GermanTrujillo
09/08/2018
CO
462
points

No new phrases for me.


GermanTrujillo
09/08/2018 03:33
Colombia
Newcastle United
462

No new phrases for me.

SophCastroA
09/08/2018
CO
693
points

The most of these phrases were new for me.

Task
1. We can still get back into this.
2. We were robbed.
3. That goal should never have counted.


SophCastroA
09/08/2018 03:15
Colombia
Wolverhampton Wanderers
693

The most of these phrases were new for me.

Task
1. We can still get back into this.
2. We were robbed.
3. That goal should never have counted.

MelissaM
09/08/2018
CO
679
points

TASK
1. The atmosphere was rubbish today.
2. We were robbed.
3. They've got to bring VAR in soon. It's a joke.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
Yes, many of these were for me.
Yes, but I think that each sentence is given according to how the match has been lost.


MelissaM
09/08/2018 02:29
Colombia
Manchester United
679

TASK
1. The atmosphere was rubbish today.
2. We were robbed.
3. They've got to bring VAR in soon. It's a joke.
WHAT DO YOU THINK
Yes, many of these were for me.
Yes, but I think that each sentence is given according to how the match has been lost.

ValentinaSanchez_19
09/08/2018
CO
310
points

good test


ValentinaSanchez_19
09/08/2018 02:06
Colombia
Chelsea
310

good test

julianvalero
09/08/2018
CO
768
points

The vast majority of the sentences were new to me.

I do not know more phrases to shout when my team is losing.

TASK
1. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way.
2. He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
3. That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.


julianvalero
09/08/2018 00:37
Colombia
Manchester United
768

The vast majority of the sentences were new to me.

I do not know more phrases to shout when my team is losing.

TASK
1. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way.
2. He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
3. That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.

Julián Ernesto Castro Renza's picture
Julián Ernesto ...
09/08/2018
CO
649
points

Almost all.
He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?


Julián Ernesto Castro Renza's picture
Julián Ernesto ...
09/08/2018 00:25
Colombia
Chelsea
649

Almost all.
He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?

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karen mejia
09/08/2018
CO
619
points

I did not know these phrases and I do not any others about the same topic.


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karen mejia
09/08/2018 00:22
Colombia
Manchester City
619

I did not know these phrases and I do not any others about the same topic.

Santiago Rivera
08/08/2018
CO
754
points

1. Some of the phrases were new to me.
2. What a deception! But we deserve a lot more.

Task:
-come, guys, we can turn this around!
-If we carry on playing like that, we'll win more than we lose.
-That goal should never have counted.


Santiago Rivera
08/08/2018 17:01
Colombia
Liverpool
754

1. Some of the phrases were new to me.
2. What a deception! But we deserve a lot more.

Task:
-come, guys, we can turn this around!
-If we carry on playing like that, we'll win more than we lose.
-That goal should never have counted.

jFallaT15
08/08/2018
CO
560
points

if the vast majority were new.
It can be only one game but you have to give two hundred percent on the court.


jFallaT15
08/08/2018 03:52
Colombia
Arsenal
560

if the vast majority were new.
It can be only one game but you have to give two hundred percent on the court.

natafonseca
08/08/2018
CO
585
points

1. Yes, several
2. Come on guys can you can, been in worse situations, do not give up.


natafonseca
08/08/2018 00:00
Colombia
Manchester United
585

1. Yes, several
2. Come on guys can you can, been in worse situations, do not give up.

valeriareyes
07/08/2018
CO
521
points

I did not know any


valeriareyes
07/08/2018 23:36
Colombia
Liverpool
521

I did not know any

peter14167
07/08/2018
CO
589
points

if the vocabulary is varied.
take it easy


peter14167
07/08/2018 04:21
Colombia
Chelsea
589

if the vocabulary is varied.
take it easy

Felipegallegocruz07
07/08/2018
CO
352
points

There were a few words new for me


Felipegallegocruz07
07/08/2018 03:32
Colombia
Manchester United
352

There were a few words new for me

Valenlaverde
07/08/2018
CO
598
points

good quiz


Valenlaverde
07/08/2018 03:19
Colombia
Stoke City
598

good quiz

Santi Gallego Cruz10
07/08/2018
CO
189
points

There were a few words new for me


Santi Gallego Cruz10
07/08/2018 02:39
Colombia
Manchester City
189

There were a few words new for me

MariCortes25
07/08/2018
CO
375
points

good quiz


MariCortes25
07/08/2018 02:24
Colombia
Arsenal
375

good quiz

Maria Del Mar Ortiz
07/08/2018
CO
348
points

super interesting the test


Maria Del Mar Ortiz
07/08/2018 01:39
Colombia
Manchester City
348

super interesting the test

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SofiaTriana
07/08/2018
CO
665
points

If most of these phrases knew them.
And then it could be said: it was not ho tomorrow we gave it everything on the court.


SofiaTriana's picture
SofiaTriana
07/08/2018 01:02
Colombia
Chelsea
665

If most of these phrases knew them.
And then it could be said: it was not ho tomorrow we gave it everything on the court.

Juaneduardocastro
07/08/2018
CO
442
points

good quiz


Juaneduardocastro
07/08/2018 00:59
Colombia
Chelsea
442

good quiz

Manuel Sierra
06/08/2018
CO
343
points

1. Come on guys, we have gone out of worst situations or let's do everything what we can
2. We can't win if we play against 12 players or he should be fair with us
3. He is a little girl or look at that clown


Manuel Sierra
06/08/2018 06:11
Colombia
Manchester City
343

1. Come on guys, we have gone out of worst situations or let's do everything what we can
2. We can't win if we play against 12 players or he should be fair with us
3. He is a little girl or look at that clown

valentinaburgosh
06/08/2018
CO
431
points

good test


valentinaburgosh
06/08/2018 02:34
Colombia
Manchester United
431

good test

Checho
06/08/2018
CO
641
points

interesting and very understandable


Checho
06/08/2018 02:02
Colombia
Manchester City
641

interesting and very understandable

Luis Miguel Rojas
06/08/2018
CO
362
points

Good quiz


Luis Miguel Rojas
06/08/2018 01:50
Colombia
Chelsea
362

Good quiz

catalina2002
05/08/2018
CO
584
points

it was very interesting i learn a lot


catalina2002
05/08/2018 19:06
Colombia
Manchester United
584

it was very interesting i learn a lot

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Juanita Ortiz Tovar
05/08/2018
CO
555
points

The most of the phrases were new for me.
Task:
1. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!
2. He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
3. That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.
No, I can't.


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Juanita Ortiz Tovar
05/08/2018 19:06
Colombia
Liverpool
555

The most of the phrases were new for me.
Task:
1. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!
2. He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
3. That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.
No, I can't.

Salomon Sanchez's picture
Salomon Sanchez
05/08/2018
CO
654
points

All the phrases are new for me and they are interesting phrases


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Salomon Sanchez
05/08/2018 17:20
Colombia
Liverpool
654

All the phrases are new for me and they are interesting phrases

Majoescobar23
05/08/2018
CO
430
points

Yes, all of these phrases were new to me.


Majoescobar23
05/08/2018 04:16
Colombia
Chelsea
430

Yes, all of these phrases were new to me.

Sierra22
05/08/2018
CO
302
points

That is a good activity


Sierra22
05/08/2018 04:16
Colombia
Manchester City
302

That is a good activity

Isabella Duarte
05/08/2018
CO
624
points

There were a few words new for me


Isabella Duarte
05/08/2018 02:51
Colombia
Chelsea
624

There were a few words new for me

PresentStudent
05/08/2018
CO
628
points

Hello.

1)We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way! there's 10 minutes left, we just need one more chance!
2)We were robbed. They've got to bring VAR in soon. It's a joke!
3) Oh, my god! That goal should never have counted, definetely the atmosphere was rubbish today.


PresentStudent
05/08/2018 02:40
Colombia
Chelsea
628

Hello.

1)We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way! there's 10 minutes left, we just need one more chance!
2)We were robbed. They've got to bring VAR in soon. It's a joke!
3) Oh, my god! That goal should never have counted, definetely the atmosphere was rubbish today.

FabioOrdoñez312
05/08/2018
CO
431
points

It was very interesting,I learned a lot.


FabioOrdoñez312
05/08/2018 02:27
Colombia
Manchester United
431

It was very interesting,I learned a lot.

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LauraFajardo29
05/08/2018
CO
618
points

Yes, the most of these phrases were new for me today.
TASK:
- We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!
- He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
-That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.


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LauraFajardo29
05/08/2018 01:29
Colombia
Manchester City
618

Yes, the most of these phrases were new for me today.
TASK:
- We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!
- He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
-That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.

Valentina Calderon
04/08/2018
CO
771
points

All these phrases were new for me.
We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!


Valentina Calderon
04/08/2018 23:04
Colombia
Manchester City
771

All these phrases were new for me.
We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!

Camila116
04/08/2018
CO
485
points

The whole country is with you, do not worry, you can.


Camila116
04/08/2018 22:42
Colombia
Manchester United
485

The whole country is with you, do not worry, you can.

Stephania Coy 62
04/08/2018
CO
367
points

very interesting


Stephania Coy 62
04/08/2018 21:47
Colombia
West Ham United
367

very interesting

Luisafernandabolaños
04/08/2018
CO
507
points

-If some of the sentences are new to me like this We were robbed!
-A phrase that you can say is you can and we are with you.


Luisafernandabolaños
04/08/2018 21:39
Colombia
Manchester United
507

-If some of the sentences are new to me like this We were robbed!
-A phrase that you can say is you can and we are with you.

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SantiagoJovenV
04/08/2018
CO
656
points

These phrases are new to me, I had not heard them before. Good this information


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SantiagoJovenV
04/08/2018 21:34
Colombia
Manchester United
656

These phrases are new to me, I had not heard them before. Good this information

ZuelimaÑañezN
04/08/2018
CO
687
points

The most of the phrases were new for me.


ZuelimaÑañezN
04/08/2018 20:36
Colombia
Crystal Palace
687

The most of the phrases were new for me.

nataliahurtado
04/08/2018
CO
613
points

The most of the phrases were new for me.
Task:
1. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!
2. He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
3. That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.
No, I can't.


nataliahurtado
04/08/2018 19:04
Colombia
Manchester United
613

The most of the phrases were new for me.
Task:
1. We don’t deserve to be 1-0 down. No way!
2. He was a bit card happy, wasn't he?
3. That goal should never have counted. We were robbed.
No, I can't.

Level

3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

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Skills: Listening

Football English: Losing a match

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