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Italy has failed to qualify for the World Cup. Neil and Dan teach you how to use language in the news in your everyday English. 

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News Review

Italy World Cup fail

Italy, four-time champions, have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.

Language challenge

Italy’s World Cup qualifier ended nil-nil. Nil means zero and is associated with football. Can you match these sports to their associated scoring terms?

a)    A deuce                                       1) archery

b)    A try                                            2) rugby

c)    A century                                     3) cricket

d)    A bull’s eye                                  4) tennis

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The story

For the first time in 60 years, Italy have failed to qualify for the football World Cup finals.

The four-time winners of the competition were held to a nil-nil draw by Sweden in the second leg of their play off in Milan.

Key words and phrases

strongly criticising

goes ballistic
suddenly becomes very angry  

goes begging
is free to be taken 

To do

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Language challenge - answer

a) A deuce                       4) tennis
b) A try                            2) rugby
c) A century                     3) cricket
d) A bull’s eye                  1) archery


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