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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But Jonathan Ikone grabbed a leveller for the French, who brought Hoops midfielder Olivier Ntcham off the bench, before an own goal from Crystal Palace's Aaron Wan-Bissaka won it.
In the Premier Cup Group B Belton needing a win by four clear goals just missed out on a semi-final place as they beat Kegworth Imperial 3-0, Joe Wesley (2) and an own goal for Belton.
About one goal in 40 goes down as an own goal. The chance of two goals both being own-goals is about one in 1,600 (40 x 40 = 1,600).
Tony Pulis admitted that his promotion-chasing Middlesbrough team had been poor, as they had to rely on an own goal from Jayden Bogle to grind out a point at home to Derby County.
Pwllheli saw off Kinmel Bay 4-2, Lois Thomas netting twice, Amy Roberts adding another, and there was an own goal. Charlotte Pardoe and Sarah Massey hit back for Bay.
Despite taking the lead through an own goal, Oman was a worthy winner as it dominated the first half with an attacking game and created far more chances than its opponent.
It is one of the ironies of football that sometimes a team's destiny is made or marred by an own goal. And at the Jaber Al Ahmed International Stadium in Kuwait City, it was Oman who benefited from an own goal by Bahrain's Mahdi Abduljabbar.
But his star took a battering when he scored an own goal against Wigan, and followed it up with two more and a red card in the clash with Cardiff.
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."
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.
His disastrous debut for Real Madrid was marked by an own goal -- and a sending-off -- in front of 80,000 at the Bernabeu in 2005.
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.