penalty kick


Definition of penalty kick 

1 : a free kick in rugby

2 : 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

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Two of them required penalty kicks—making Croatia just the second team in World Cup history to win two shootouts in the same tournament and the first to survive 120 minutes in all of its knockout games. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Croatia Eyes the Greatest Upset in World Cup History," 13 July 2018 Or imagine if World Cup matches got decided by penalty kicks or hockey games got decided by shootouts? Andy Staples,, "‘Strategic Entertainment’ vs. Entertaining Entertainment: The Flip Side of the NFL-CFB Debate," 11 July 2018 Pro soccer players mixed with over 250 — real estate brokers and clients trying to score penalty kicks on an AstroTurf field. Dylan Jackson, miamiherald, "It's not just bars. From art museums to fundraisers, Miami has World Cup fever," 10 July 2018 Griezmann has scored two penalty kicks and set up Raphael Varane's headed goal against Uruguay. Jerome Pugmire,, "France vs. Belgium: What you need to know for Tuesday's World Cup semifinal," 9 July 2018 Those teams got to the quarterfinals in both tournaments but went no further, going out on penalty kicks the second time, one of six times England has been eliminated in a shootout from a major competition. Kevin Baxter,, "England reaches semifinals after beating Sweden, 2-0," 7 July 2018 The crowd at Avaya was quiet and apprehensive most of the first half, but erupted when striker Carlos Vela scored on a smoking lefty penalty kick in the 26th minute. Scott Ostler,, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 After breezing through group play, Croatia needed 120 minutes, then penalty kicks to beat both Denmark and Russia, making it just the second team to advance in a World Cup knockout stage on consecutive penalty-kick shootouts. Kevin Baxter,, "How England and Croatia match up in the World Cup semifinal," 10 July 2018 Nigerian Victor Moses equalizes with a penalty kick in the 51st minute, to the delight of a few hundred select fans in green. Steven Shundich,, "World Cup 2018: Dispatches from TML Mobster/Guest Hemingway in Russia, Episode 2," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of penalty kick

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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English Language Learners Definition of penalty kick

: a kick in soccer or rugby that a player makes when the other team has broken a rule

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