Listen to the recording on world cup soccer and read along with the conversation. Review the key vocabulary and the sample sentences.
Woman: Hey. Have you been watching any of the World Cup soccer matches?
Man: Well, I was watching until my favorite team was bounced out of the first round of play. I mean, they should have made all the way to the second round, but a whole series of events cost the team the opportunity to prove themselves on the world stage.
Woman: What do you mean?
Man: Well, in the first match, two of their star players were out with nagging injuries, so the rest of the players, unfortunately, just couldn't keep up with the opposing team.
Woman: Well, that just life. I mean every team is going to have players out with injuries.
Man: Yea, but that's beside the point. And, and then, in the second game, the refs made some terrible calls, allowing the opposing team to slip by with a victory. I mean, we were robbed on that one. The refs must have been walking in their sleep!
Woman: But, didn't one of your own players accidentally kick the ball twice into his own goal? I mean that doesn't sound like a bad call to me.
Man: That's just beside the POINT!
Man: And finally, our team was ahead in the final watch---I mean they were way out ahead until the other team rallied in the final three minutes of play to squeak out a victory. It was a total embarrassment for our team. Our team was booed. All I can say is that the sun must have been in our players' eyes . . .
Woman: Uh, wasn't it a night game?
Man: That's beside the point, too. You just not understanding anything I'm saying.
Woman: So, who are you rooting for now, seeing that your team has been eliminated?
Man: Ah, I can't watch any more soccer, so I've been following an online chess tournament.
Woman: What?! Now, that has to be the most ridiculous reaction I have ever heard of. So, you're going to completely boycott the rest of the play just because your team got bounced out of the tournament?
Man: Ah, forget it. You just don't understand.