ronaldinho rides bench as white cocks pass to final

after defeating the pachuca gophers 2-0 in the second leg of their semi-final on sunday, the queretaro white cocks have qualified for a mexican football final for the first time in their history. goal.com reported

queretaro bounced back from a listless 2-0 first-leg defeat to pachuca 

listless means without energy or motivation and bounce back indicates a return to high quality after a poor performance.

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mexico’s most beloved white cock, gallardo

while this is an incredible football moment for queretaro and their fans, for non-queretaro fans, the most fascinating part of the story is the white cocks’ most famous player, two-time fifa world player of the year, ronaldinho.

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ronaldinho watched sunday’s game from the bench (imago7)

goal.com only needed one sentence to summarize his activity in the semi-final

after going straight to the locker room when taken out of the first leg, ronaldinho was an unused substitute [in the second match].

take out is the action a coach makes when he substitutes. the player leaving the game is taken out. normally, the player who is taken out joins the rest of the team on the bench.

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coach victor vucetich took ronaldinho out during the first half of the first match of the semi-final & didn’t play him at all in the second match (mexsport)

ronaldinho, however,  was upset with white cock coach victor vucetich‘s decision to remove him from thursday’s first leg and went directly (straight to) the locker room.  check it out in this video….

espn.com described that in the first match

ronaldinho was visibly angry when he was hauled off one minute before half-time

haul off is another way to refer to the substitution.

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keep walking: after he was hauled out, ronaldinho didn’t stick around to see how the first leg finished

a photo caption in the espn.com article noted that ronaldinho

did not stick around to watch queretaro’s loss after he was substituted before half-time.

and the article also explained that

twenty minutes before the end of the match, television footage captured ronaldinho leaving the stadium in a private vehicle.

stick around means stay.  footage is video.

this clip is the footage of ronaldinho leaving hidalgo stadium in pachuca before the game had finished.

after the first leg, coach vucetich explained to the press that his objective was to shore up (better support) his defense

it was a tactical question, we couldn’t give anything away [at 2-0 down]. the fact they didn’t score [in the second half] allows us to be alive in the series

give away means the white cocks couldn’t afford to let pachuca score again; three goals would have been too much to overcome.  vucetich’s words were vindicated in sunday’s second leg.

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will the fans be cheering for #49 to play in the final?

what do u think about ronaldinho’s attitude during last thursday’s game? should vucetich play him in the final? will ronaldinho be able to bounce back and play at a high level?  share your opinions under leave a reply

fun english practice :) richyrocks on youtube

whatever your feelings about ronaldinho, u can thank him and the white cocks along with goal.com, espn & mexican football in general for the practical examples of all these phrasal verbs–>bounce back, give away, go straight to, haul off, shore up, stick around & take out


 

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