Definition of own goal in English:

own goal


  • 1(in soccer) a goal scored when a player inadvertently strikes or deflects the ball into their own team's goal.

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


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