goal·mouth | \ˈgōl-ˌmau̇th \

Definition of goalmouth 

: the area directly in front of the goal (as in soccer or hockey)

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On 25 minutes a trademark long throw from Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson was headed dangerously across the goalmouth by the industrious Magnusson. Peter Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss," 26 June 2018 Chicago Blackhawks: Center/wing Oliver Wahlstrom, U.S. National Team Development Program: A gifted offensive player who can score off the rush or in goalmouth scrambles. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL mock draft 2.0: How the first round could shake out," 18 June 2018 Trying to clear a last-second ball across the goalmouth, Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco dove for a header, and the ball went unerringly into the corner of his own net. Victor Mather, New York Times, "After Morocco Own Goal, Iran Wins World Cup Slugfest," 16 June 2018 But losing is what the Sounders again appeared destined for after the visitors, dormant for much of the first half, stunned the crowd in the 53rd minute when Darren Mattocks slotted home a loose ball in the goalmouth. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders break scoring drought, rally to beat D.C. United 2-1," 10 June 2018 On Thursday night, the Penguins were in a similar position when Evgeni Malkin appeared to jab the puck over the line during a goalmouth scramble. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Unlike Game 2, Penguins beneficiary of goal review vs. Capitals," 3 May 2018 The game was one where chances were sparse, and the closest anyone came was when a goalmouth scramble resulted in Brighton 'keeper Matthew Ryan clawing the ball off the line. SI.com, "Sean Dyche Insists His Burnley Side Were 'Written Off' at the Start of the Campaign," 29 Apr. 2018 Bedoya then headed the ball across the goalmouth for Sapong to finish with a header of his own. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "Borek Dockal scores first Union goal in 3-2 win over D.C. United," 28 Apr. 2018 However, Wagner then scored the easiest goal of his career following a goalmouth scramble to notch his third in Bayern colours - with celebrations slightly delayed due to a 44-second review from the VAR. SI.com, "Freiburg 0-4 Bayern Munich: Tolisso Wonder Strike Helps Bavarians Rediscover Winning Touch," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of goalmouth

1871, in the meaning defined above

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