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Scoring points and goals

aggregate

noun

the total scored in a set of games

all

adverb, determiner, preposition, pronoun

used for showing the score in a game when each of the two players or teams has scored an equal number of points

assist

noun

something done by a player that helps another player in the same team to score a point or goal

attack

verb

to try to score points against an opponent in a game or sport

attack

noun

an attempt to score points against an opponent in a game or sport

blast

noun

a sudden strong attack by a team or player, in which goals or points are scored

bury

verb

to kick the ball hard in football into the back of the net, scoring a goal

chalk something up

to score points, or to achieve success in a game

concede

verb

if you concede a goal, point, or game, the person or team you are playing scores a goal or point or wins a game

cushion

noun

a number of points or goals by which you are winning during a match or competition

down

adjective, adverb, preposition

if a player or team is a certain number of points down, that is the number of points they need in order to reach their opponent’s score

draw

verb

if two teams or opponents draw, they both have the same score so neither wins. The American word is tie

drop

verb

to fail to win points in a game, competition, or test

effort

noun

an attempt to score a goal in football

equalize

verb

to score a goal or win a point in a game that gives you the same score as the opposing team

equalizer

noun

a goal or point that gives you the same score as the opposing team

even

verb

to make the scores of two players or teams the same in a game or competition

game point

noun

in a game such as tennis, a situation in which a player will win the game if they win the next point

goal

noun

the action of putting a ball into a goal

goal

noun

the point or points that you score by putting a ball into a goal

goal difference

noun

the difference between the number of goals that a team has scored and the number of goals that other teams have scored against them

goalkeeping

noun

the job or skills of a goalkeeper

goalless

adjective

with no goals scored

hat trick

noun

three goals scored by the same person in one game of a sport such as football or hockey

mark

noun

a score that a judge gives a performance in a competition

mark

noun

the place that you try to hit

miss

noun

a failure to hit or catch something, or to score in a game

net

verb

in sport, to hit or throw a ball into a net

nil

noun

the number 0 in the result of a game

opener

noun

the first goal scored in a match

own goal

noun

a goal that you accidentally score against your own team

pegboard

noun

a small board with holes in it where you put pegs for recording a player’s score in some games

point

noun

a unit for counting the score in a game or sport

pull back

to score a goal when your team is losing in a football match

put away

to score a goal by kicking or hitting the ball into the net

rack up

in sports, to get a large number of points or goals

rattle up

to score a particular amount very quickly in a game or competition

save

verb

if a goalkeeper saves a ball in a sport such as football, they prevent the ball from going into the net

save

noun

an action by a goalkeeper that prevents a ball from going into the net in a sport such as football

score

verb

to get a point in a game or sport

score

verb

to be worth a particular number of points

score

noun

the number of points that someone gains in a game

score

noun

the result of a game, or the number of points gained by everyone playing up to a particular moment

score

noun

a number that represents how well someone did in a test

scoreboard

noun

a large board that shows the scores in a game or sports event

scorecard

noun

a card on which you record the score in a game or sports event while it is being played

scoreless

adjective

a scoreless game or part of a game has had no points scored in it

scoreline

noun

the final score in a football, rugby, or tennis game

separate

verb

to be the difference between the winner and the others in a competition

square

verb

to score the same number of points as another player or team, so that no one wins a match or series of matches

strike

verb

to make a successful attack in a competition, especially by scoring a goal or point

strike back

to make a successful attack in a competition after being attacked yourself, especially by scoring a goal or a point

strike

noun

a hit or kick of a ball, especially one with which you score a goal or a point

target

noun

an object that you have to hit in a game or a sport

tie

verb

if two players or teams in a game tie, they both have the same number of points

tie

noun

a result of a game or competition in which each person or team has the same number of points, votes etc

tiebreaker

noun

in tennis and other sports, an extra game played to decide who will win when both players or teams have the same number of points

tight

adjective

if a game is tight, both players or teams play well and it is difficult to know who will win

to

adverb, preposition

used for saying what the score is in a game

treble

noun

a situation in which a person or team wins three sports events or competitions within a particular period of time, for example on the same day or in the same season

unbeaten

adjective

if a team, player etc is unbeaten, they have never been defeated in a competition

undecided

adjective

an undecided game or competition has no winner at the end

unequal

adjective

involving one person, team, army etc that is much stronger than the other

winner

noun

the goal or shot that wins a game

unequally

adverb

a clean sheet

a situation in football in which the other team has not been able to score any goals against you

all square

if a game is all square, both teams or players have the same number of points

get on the scoresheet

to score one or more points for your team in football, rugby, and some other sports

moving target

something that you are trying to attack that is moving, for example a plane

ram home

in football and similar sports, to kick or hit the ball very hard and score a goal

hammer/hit/drive something home

to score a goal or point with a very powerful kick or hit

kabaddi

a game in which two teams of seven players take turns to chase and try to touch players on the opposing team

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