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    head in?

    I always find it difficult to understand sports articles. The following is the sentence that I met.

    "But it got worse for Newcastle when Joey Barton was sent off for a dodgy tackle on Alonso, leaving Lucas Leiva to head in a third to seal the win."

    Is "head" a noun or a verb? And does "a third" indicate a position or time?

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    Re: head in?

    Quote Originally Posted by goodsogi View Post
    I always find it difficult to understand sports articles. The following is the sentence that I met.

    "But it got worse for Newcastle when Joey Barton was sent off for a dodgy tackle on Alonso, leaving Lucas Leiva to head in a third to seal the win."

    Is "head" a noun or a verb? And does "a third" indicate a position or time?
    I assume this is football/soccer. "Head" is a verb. To "head" the ball means to hit the ball with your head - since you aren't allowed to use your hands (unless you're Maradona).
    Here it's used as a phrasal verb. To "head in" a ball means to head it into the net. Leiva hit the ball into the net with his head for a third goal, ensuring that that they won.

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