One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in soccer) a goal scored when a player inadvertently strikes or deflects the ball into their own team's goal.
- ‘Two of the TNR premier Division games last weekend saw the scoring open with own goals by the home team.’
- ‘They also had two players sent off, a penalty awarded against them and scored an own goal.’
- ‘To add insult to injury the final goal was an own goal by the Abbey centre half.’
- ‘Who has scored the most own goals in English football history?’
- ‘A team may win a game 5-1, but it can still score an own goal, have three yellow cards and a player sent off.’
- 1.1British informal An act that unintentionally harms one's own interests.‘government scores own goal by assisting organized crime in London’
- ‘The Conservative MP scored an embarrassing own goal yesterday as he tried to put a string of damaging headlines behind him.’
- ‘What's more, in trying to compete in the ever-changing world of broadcasting, the BBC has scored an own goal.’
- ‘The Leader of the Opposition took the ball and ran with it, but only after New Labour had scored an own goal.’
- ‘I think the Leader of the Opposition scored a bit of an own goal in making you apologise.’
- ‘A political party cannot afford to score own goals like these so close to an election.’
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