2019 FA Cup 4th Round: On this week’s English through football podcast we look forward to the FA Cup 4th Round and we also look ahead to the 2019 Asian Cup semi-finals. We have another football-language quiz, explain some new football expressions, answer some of our listeners’ questions and try and predict some of the big cup games that are taking place this weekend. If you’d like the transcript to the show please show your support by becoming a patron (through Patreon). With the transcript you can improve your English by reading as you listen, or if you are a teacher of English you can use the transcript to make several activities for your learners. If you have questions or comments, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org (Damian=DF, Damon=DB).
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DF: You are listening to languagecaster.com’s football-language podcast. Welcome everyone to the podcast for all lovers of the beautiful game, football, and who want to improve their English language skills. My name’s Damian, and I’m based in a very cold London – we’ve had snow in the UK this week. And I’d like to apologise for the late, very late, appearance of this podcast which is all about the FA Cup 4th Round. Due to technical and most of all timing issues we were not able to post the podcast last weekend but here it is now. And, of course, we’ll have this week’s show tomorrow when we’ll be talking about the exciting title race in England and look back at the 2019 Asian Cup. OK, here’s the show.
DF: Hi Damon, how are things in Tokyo?
DB: Hi Damian. things are good. Over here, the big footballing news is that Japan are into the semi-finals of the Asian Cup after a tight game against a surprisingly lively Vietnam. With Japan’s rivals, South Korea and Australia being knocked out, fans are really thinking they can win the tournament if, and it is a big if, they can get past Iran in the semis. How about over there? What football have you been watching?
DF: Well, I watched my favourite team Spurs play twice on TV last week: first up we won with a last-minute goal away at Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday before watching them again on Thursday evening in another London derby, this time in the Carabao Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea. They lost 2-1 and went out on penalties after the away goals rule was scrapped this season. Typical bad luck!
DB: I wondered about the away goal rule when I saw the result. Usually, Spurs would have gone through after scoring at Chelsea and keeping Chelsea off the score sheet at home. Unlucky!
DF: I also saw the first game of the 4th Round of the FA Cup – Manchester United defeating Arsenal 3-1 to qualify for the 5th Round.
DB: Yes, Manchester United are on a real roll. I hope they run out of steam when Liverpool face them late next month! What’s on the rest of the show today?