I'm not clear about the verb "get down" in this sentence. What does it actually mean in football (soccer) context?

What a superb goal that is! PĂ©rez gets down the left and cuts the ball back for Shelvey, who feigns a shot and then sends the ball into the bottom right corner!

  • It means the same as "goes down". It should be obvious in context. – user3169 Apr 7 '18 at 20:54
  • @user3169: I disagree: it is not a phrasal verb, and has nothing to do with getting down. – JavaLatte Apr 9 '18 at 4:19
  • @JavaLatte I didn't mean that. Rather "Pérez goes down the left (side) and...". But if there is a soccer specific meaning I wouldn't know that. – user3169 Apr 9 '18 at 5:06
  • @user3169: I still think that it's a mistake to provide an alternative meaning of get down. By all means, explain get as go, but don't tack on down because "get down" is a phrasal verb with a couple of specific and irrelevant meanings, and go down is also a phrasal verb with at least ten distinct meanings. – JavaLatte Apr 9 '18 at 5:34

"Down" Adverb meaning "further along". "Down the pitch" is towards your opponent's goal. (wiktionary)

So to "get down the left" is to advance (with the ball) along the left of the pitch, (before crossing the ball to Shelvey, who scores)


Check out Oxford Dictionary definition 4.1 for get: Move or come into a specified position, situation, or state. The use of the word get rather than go can also convey a sense of achievement, for example:

How did he manage to get past the guards?

down the left is an adverbial phrase that specifies his route- along the left-hand side of the pitch when moving toward the opposing team's goal.

The term down can be used when moving along a narrow passage, for example:

He saw his chance of glory, and rushed down the lane with Captain Hawley's company of dragoons. - the Last Popular Rebellion

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