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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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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).
But while Boro did not manage a single shot on target yesterday, they luckily levelled six minutes from time through Jayden Bogle's comical own goal. In-form County played some scintillating stuff here, especially in the first half an hour when they enjoyed 80% of possession.
He said: "It's not just luck that we get own goals in our favour.
Roma's captain Daniele De Rossi hit an unstoppable shot into his own net to break the deadlock in the 38th minute of what had been a delicately poised game and a second own goal 10 minutes into the second half, this time by Greek defender Kostas Manolas, stretched the runaway La Liga leaders' advantage.
"All of the own goals have come because we've put a ball into a good area and we've got to continue to do that."
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.
While Seamus Coleman's unwitting diversion which gave Diego Costa such satisfaction last weekend meant that no team has scored more own goals in Premier League history than Everton - 44 if you're counting.
THE most recent || own goal scored on Merseyside (top), perhaps the most famous (left) and (above) the most costly?
Everyone was getting excited on Sunday about Brighton scoring three own goals in a match - but they didn't.
"I do have some sympathies with the guys who play in that position as you're always more prone to scoring own goals as a central defender."
VILLA KILLA: Richard Dunne after last week's own goal
There seem to have been more own goals than ever this season and there was a delightful touch of symmetry about one of Notts County''s goals at Dagenham & Redbridge recently.
The costly concessions in recent months have resulted in Villa victories on each occasion and equal the number of own goals O'Neill's top four hopefuls profited from throughout last season.
TWO own goals set Peterborough on their way to a deserved victory over Stockport.
Findings revealed positive perceptions of goal setting on classroom performance in the initial stages of learning as students perceived they achieved better academically when they set their own goals but they exerted less effort in achieving their own goals versus those set by their teachers.