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against/strike/hit the post [football (soccer)]

Discussion in 'English Only' started by bearfreak, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. bearfreak Banned

    This is football (soccer). I'm wondering if the "against, "strike" and "hit" have the same meaning, that is, the ball crashes the post. Am I right?

    73 mins - El Haddadi against the post.
    Barcelona strike the post for the third time in the match. Ivan Rakitic delivers a free-kick from the right and substitute Munir El Haddadi hits the post with a glancing header. Sam Johnstone, who replaced De Gea, was nowhere near it.
  2. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England

    Well, we don't say "The ball crashes the post." You would need to say "The ball crashes against the post."

    "El Haddadi against the post" is journalistic shorthand: It doesn't contain a verb. The other two examples use 'normal English'. All three examples tell us that the ball hits the post.

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