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A counter-attack (counterattack) in football refers to an attack that a team launches quickly and aggressively in response to an opponent's attack.

It usually involves fast switching from a defensive to an offensive stance, with players moving forward quickly to exploit weaknesses in the opposing defence. The objective of a counterattack is normally to catch the opposition off guard and create a scoring opportunity, often with a fast break or a long ball.

Counter-attacks are particularly effective when the opposition is caught out of position or has committed too many players forward, leaving space to exploit. A successful counterattack can be a devastating blow to the opposition and can quickly turn the momentum of the game in the attacking team's favor.