Vocabulary for the World Cup reports
Thrilling (adj) - Very exciting. It was a thrilling game with lots of goals.
Outstanding (adj) - Very very good. Rooney had an outstanding game and scored nine goals.
Defend (verb) – To try to stop the other team from scoring. Japan defended well and Brazil couldn’t score.
Take command (verb) – Got very strong so the other team could not play well. Brazil took command and scored three more goals.
Settle (verb) – To become happy and play well. Germany settled after 20 minutes and played well.
Attack (verb) – To go forward and try to score. Brazil attacked but could not score.
Suffer (verb) – To have something bad. Ronaldo suffered a bad leg and went to hospital.
Secure (verb) – To make something safe. England secured a place in the last 16.
Squander (verb) – To waste something. France squandered many chances and lost 0-1.
Effort (noun) – Work. Spain put in a lot of effort and scored after ten minutes.
Replace (verb) – To substitute. Lampard replaced Rooney at half time.
Find the net (verb+noun) – Scored. Holland found the net after 23 minutes.
Curl (verb) – To make the ball go in a curve. Messi curled the ball into the net.
Survive (verb) – Was OK although it was hard. Argentina survived a difficult ten minutes.
Last 16 games
Recover (verb) – Got better after a bad time. Italy went a goal down but recovered to win.
Anxious (adj) – Worrying. Russia had an anxious time at the end of the match.
Threaten (verb) – To look like you might hurt someone. Portugal threatened to score but Ronaldo missed.
Bounce back (verb) – To come back from a bad time. Australia were losing but they bounced back to win.
Target (noun) – The goal. Rooney shot from 30 metres but missed the target.
Confirm (verb) – To make it sure. Brazil confirmed their place in the final.
Qualify (verb) – To get into the next stage. Egypt beat Italy and qualified for the last 16.
Campaign (noun) – A series of games when trying to win a tournament. France’s campaign ended when they lost to South Korea.
Last eight games
Press (verb) – Pushed harder. Tried harder to score. Chile pressed for a second goal.