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score an own goal

To earn a point for the opposing team by scoring a goal on one's own net. (Used especially in reference to soccer.) We were never able to regain our lead after Thomas scored an own goal late in the second half.
See also: goal, own, score

score an own goal

1 (in football) score a goal by mistake against your own side. 2 do something that has the unintended effect of harming your own interests. informal
2 1991 Brian MacArthur Despatches from the Gulf War Television's mission to explain was taken to its outer limit and at times scored an own goal by developing a bias against understanding.
See also: goal, own, score
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A staggering 17 months out and then on his Real Madrid debut he scores an own goal and gets sent off.