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Play ball ! A boring end to the game

Wendy . Blog Published 30 June 2010

The scoreboard in Pretoria showed Chile 1-Spain 2 on the 25th of July. The World Cup soccer game was almost over. The players were moving around on the field, but they weren't really playing. Spain had the ball, a ball which was just kicked around, from one player to another. Spain was stalling, waiting for the time to run out. Meanwhile Chile seemed content to hold back. The coaches must have told their teams to just hold tight. They had already classified.

What a boring end to one of the big games of the year! What poor sportsmanship!

These people are paid huge salaries to do what? Mark time?

Four days later the cheers went up all over Spain again as the Portugal-Spain game ended. This one, broadcast from Cape Town, gave Spain another win ! Next on the schedule is Paraguay-Spain on July 3rd. Everyone is counting the days. Go Spain!



scoreboard: marcador
soccer: fútbol
almost over: casi terminado
moving around: moviendo de aquí para allá
field: campo
kicked around: dar patadas de aquí para allá
stalling: haciendo tiempo
run out: agotarse, se agote
schedule: horario
meanwhile: mientras tanto
hold back: quedar atrás, no adelantar, aguantar
coaches: entrenadores
hold tight: aguantar
poor sportsmanship: poca deportividad, no jugar limpio
huge: grandes
mark time: no continuar,aguantar
cheers: gritos, ánimos
broadcast: emisión
schedule: horario,

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Comments (4)
EMiLiO (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

It was boring indeed... but you can't play with classification. I guess both coaches were afraid and they just wanted to secure the pass. I'm looking forward for the Spain vs Argentina game in semis! Because I think we both are winning this Saturday... GO SPAIN & ARGENTINA!

Juan (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Anyway, these people are paid huge salaries to win so, if loosing time, is the right way to get it, it´s fine.

Megan (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

They'd better lose soon. I can't stand all the noise my neighbors make when Spain wins. I'm a fan of whoever is playing against Spain!

Moisés (not verified)
5 February 2016 12:29 pm Reply

Very good; Now I Know a lot more of football

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