One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A free kick at the goal from the penalty spot (which only the goalkeeper is allowed to defend), awarded to the attacking team after a foul within the penalty area by an opponent.
- ‘England needed only a draw to qualify and seemed well on the way to getting at least that after being awarded a penalty kick shortly before half time.’
- ‘In soccer, particularly if the ref has given a penalty kick, the entire team will crowd around him, pushing, shoving and jostling him.’
- ‘Well, in the space of 132 seconds of extra time, France converted on a free kick to tie and then took advantage of a foul to score the winning goal on a penalty kick.’
- ‘Another solution might be to award a penalty kick against a player found guilty of swearing at an official in the way that free throws are awarded in basketball for such offences.’
- ‘Images of him taking his shirt off in the final game have been more widely published and acclaimed than pictures of his penalty kick against Argentina.’
A place kick awarded to a team after an offence by an opponent.
- ‘By the turn around both sides had missed penalty kicks and both had drop-goal attempts fail, but in terms of breaching the opposition defence, there was little to report.’
- ‘Then 20 minutes after good play by the visiting backs and forward the scrumhalf equalised the score with a penalty kick.’
- ‘Dundee striker blew a great chance to level when he saw his penalty kick saved.’
- ‘Of course, if the sending-off offence would also lead to a penalty kick, then committing the offence is almost never justifiable.’
- ‘Kicking is an important part of the game; there is touch - kicking, re-starts, drop-goals, grubber kicks, box kicks and penalty kicks.’
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