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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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The visitors dominated the first half at the Riverside, but Frank Lampard's side were unable to add to the own goal by George Friend after 19 minutes, despite cutting through the home team's defence on numerous occasions.
He said: "It's not just luck that we get own goals in our favour.
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On-loan Newcastle United wingback Callum Williams got the ball rolling on the own goal front in the third game of the season.
I Zingari Combination DOMESTIC cup action took over the I Zingari Combination fixture list last Saturday with East Liverpool beating Liverpool Hibernia 3-1 after an unfortunate own goal was supplemented by efforts from Preston and Roberts whilst Mersey Harps capitulated at home to Picton who clocked up a 5-2 win.
SUNDERLAND recovered from another own goal gaffe to collect their first away league win of the season at the expense of 10-man Crystal Palace.
Naylor's first own goal cancelled out Billy Jones' early opener for his side, and after Robbie Willmott put County back in front, Naylor headed a second own goal to bring Morecambe level.
Trearddur Bay United grabbed a 3-2 win at Waunfawr, Anthony Parry, Ryan Jones and Ryan Booth (pen) for the Anglesey side, Adam Jones (pen) and a Matt Doutch own goal keeping the Beganifs close.
London, Feb 25( ANI ): England midfielder Steven Gerrard has said he felt 'suicidal' after scoring a late own goal during his last encounter with Chelsea in the Carling Cup final of 2005.
BOOZY Newcastle were crying into their beer last night after Mike Williamson's own goal sent them crashing out of the FA Cup at Brighton.
Summary: An own goal at the death from Aston Villa's hapless Richard Dunne helped QPR salvage a point at Loftus Road.
The answer is Jamie Carragher, who has apparently has a penchant for putting through his own goal!
Andy Hall gave the Poppies the lead with a cracker after five minutes, but a Luke Graham own goal pulled Borough level in the 23rd minute.