an own goal

an own goal

1. In sports, a goal that a player accidentally scores for the opposing team. I can't believe we lost the championship because of an own goal. I was trying to get the puck out of our zone, but I scored an own goal—how mortifying!
2. An action pursued because it seems beneficial but that ultimately has a detrimental effect. Sheila's speech was supposed to win her more supporters, but it became an own goal once she started ranting off-topic. The law seemed promising, but it has generated such strong opposition that it's become an own goal for the president.
See also: goal, own

an own goal

BRITISH
COMMON An own goal is a course of action which is intended to bring you an advantage and which instead causes a problem for you. It was a classic own goal by the fashion house. They brought their prices down to attract more customers but lost the high-end customers that they already had. Note: In sports such as football and hockey, if someone scores an own goal, they accidentally score a goal for the team they are playing against by knocking the ball into their own net.
See also: goal, own
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We had 70 per cent possession, we scored an own goal, missed a penalty, lost a goal from a set-piece, that's perfect to make the day a nightmare.
LONDON, March 1 (KUNA) -- A John Terry goal and an own goal from Tottenham Hotspur secured Chelsea's fifth Capital One league cup title at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Looking back across the decades, the name Glenn Keeley will be recalled by older Mags for a real howler of an own goal in the Tees-Tyne derby on January 31, 1976, which effectively deprived the Toon of a 3-2 win at Ayresome Park.
A Robinson effort and an own goal were enough to see Sacre Coeur FP through 2-0 against Cafe D'Art.
Liverpool needed the help of two own goals for the win that lifted them to fifth in the table and left QPR bottom after a mesmerising finale with Liverpool's winning goal coming in the fifth minute of added time after Steven Caulker scored an own goal with virtually the last kick of the game.
John McLaughlin also scored an own goal in that 4-0 derby mauling.
And although it was a gutsy performance from Dumbarton, a second-half strike from Nicky Clark and an own goal from Chris Turner left Ian Murray's men on the wrong of another crushing defeat - with only a Bilel Mohsni own goal for consolation.
London, Apr 23 ( ANI ): Real Betis defender Paulao had reportedly started crying after scoring an own goal in his side's La Liga clash with Rayo Vallecano, after which he was taken off the field.
United had, however, Brechin 2 Ayr 1 briefly squared the game thanks to an own goal from Ewan Moyes.
The person who decided Stevie's shot was an own goal should be sacked.
In the second half an own goal and a second from Thompson put Tees Valley 3-2 in front.
his shot was deflected for an own goal - adding to Toon boss Alan Pardew's woes
Summary: An own goal at the death from Aston Villa's hapless Richard Dunne helped QPR salvage a point at Loftus Road.
It goes down as an own goal by the 'keeper, but there was nothing he could do to avoid it.
A lot of players would let an own goal affect them but not Dunney.