penalty kick


: a free kick in rugby
: a free kick at the goal in soccer made from a point 12 yards in front of the goal and allowed for certain violations within a designated area around the goal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Argentine star Lionel Messi put his team ahead with a first-half penalty kick, then Julián Álvarez, who was 6 years old when Messi played in his first World Cup game, added another goal five minutes later. Harold Maass, The Week, 14 Dec. 2022 But three were ruled out for offside, and even though Messi had given his team the lead with a 10th-minute penalty kick, the failure to expand on it proved costly. Kevin Draper Ben Shpigel Victor Mather James Wagner Natalie Alcoba Victor Mather Andrew Das Andrew Das The New York Times Ben Shpigel Ben Shpigel Ben Shpigel, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2022 Abbey Keys wins it with a penalty kick, lifting No. Cam Kerry,, 16 Nov. 2022 Messi scored twice in the final and converted his penalty kick, finishing the tournament with seven goals in seven matches. Nicole Fallert, USA TODAY, 19 Dec. 2022 Martinez made a save on the second penalty kick to swing the pendulum back toward Argentina, and Paulo Dybala iced his kick to give Argentina the advantage after two rounds. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 18 Dec. 2022 That goal tied Messi with Mbappe for the tournament scoring lead, but in the 118th minute Mbappe equalized with his second penalty kick, earning this one with a rocket off Montiel’s elbow. Frank Dell'apa,, 18 Dec. 2022 Kane sent Tottenham teammate Hugo Lloris the wrong way with his earlier penalty kick after Tchoumani brought down Bukayo Saka, but Kane lifted his next effort high over the bar. James Robson, Chicago Tribune, 10 Dec. 2022 On Saturday, France defeated the Three Lions 2-1 in a tense match in Qatar after English team captain Harry Kane missed his second penalty kick to draw even during the second half, resulting in the team's elimination ahead of the semifinals. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 10 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of penalty kick was in 1889

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“Penalty kick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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