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    When a soccer team is down 2-0, and manages to come back from behind, does it mean that this team managed to equalize, or even managed to score the third goal?

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    Re: soccer

    Yes, that's the way I would understand it.

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    Re: soccer

    But which alternative: equalized 2-2, or won 3-2? Or either?

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    I would tend to think that the team came from behind and won. However, it could simply mean that the team didn't lose -- i.e. it could refer to a 2-2 score.

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    Re: soccer

    Can you think an expression that implies that the team definetely won the game?

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    Re: soccer

    came back from behind and won with a resounding 4 - 2 scoreline????

    came back from behind, final score 3 - 2.


    team xxx came back from behind to go on to win 3 - 2

    after a slow/poor start drawing 2-2, xxx raised their game and went on to win 3-2

    Is this what you are thinking of beachboy?
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    Last edited by Stilo; 24-Mar-2008 at 13:21. Reason: More point/suggestions added

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    Re: soccer

    Yes. My question is, when I say that a team came back from behind after allowing two goals can mean either that the team ended up scoring three goals or that the team only equalized. I also want to know if there is an expression that conveys that the team definitely outscored the other one.

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    Re: soccer

    And if they didn't come from behind, but just won easily, there are quite a few possibilities. In various registers 'trashed', 'p*ssed on ["from a great height is sometimes added for emphasis]', 'thrashed', 'drubbed', 'rubbed their noses in it' [a reference to house-training a cat], 'made short work of' (more likely to be used in a game like tennis which can be shorter/longer), 'gave them a good hiding' (where 'hiding' doesn't refer to concealment but to beating, as a tanner would)...

    They might have 'taught them a lesson'. If there was one star, he 'gave them [or "his opposite number"] a masterclass ["in <skill>" - e.g. 'Beckham gave Ferdinand a masterclass in dribbling'].

    I don't think 'came from behind' is likely to be used for a drawn match (though I imagine it could be). They just 'levelled the scores' (or in golf 'halved the hole'). More generally - not just sport - 'honours were even'.

    Incidentally, losers 'lick their wounds' (even if there's no blood involved - even chess, or a card game).

    But I'm beginning to ramble.

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    Last edited by BobK; 24-Mar-2008 at 13:24. Reason: Fix typo

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    Re: soccer

    Just ammended my first reply

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    Re: soccer

    Thanks to all of you. And the last question: is it right to say After allowing three goals in the first half, Flamengo fought back in the second but lost 4-3?
    Last edited by beachboy; 25-Dec-2008 at 23:00. Reason: lack of attention

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