What does "lifeline" mean in football/soccer context?

Early drama at Ewood Park.

We're barely 20 seconds into the game and Sam Mcallums has just delivered a cross into the box but it skims across the top of the bar!

Lifeline for Rovers.

  • To be clear "lifeline" in this exact same context could be used in any sporting any event when the other team still has a chance. It is not specific to just football/soccer.
    – Mordred
    Commented Nov 20, 2021 at 22:41
  • It's not even specific to sports. It's a metaphor for an actual lifeline that applies any time there's a reversal or reprieve in a dire situation.
    – gotube
    Commented Nov 21, 2021 at 5:52
  • Also, 20 seconds into a game hardly merits the term "lifeline". The announcer is embellishing.
    – gotube
    Commented Nov 21, 2021 at 6:09

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lifeline: noun [ C ]

a rope that is thrown to someone who is in the water, especially the sea, and is in danger

something, especially a way of getting help, that you depend on to lead your life in a satisfactory way: For many old people living on their own the phone is their lifeline to the outside world.

Lifeline for Rovers. = A chance to save themselves

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