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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Even when France snatched the lead back via the first ever penalty kick awarded in a final with the aid of video replay, the Croatians’ spirit didn’t break. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Wins the World Cup," 15 July 2018 Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made two stops in penalty kicks, diving the right way to save the third kick from Koke and then clinched it on an incredible stop with his outstretched left cleat to knock away Iago Aspas' final kick. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Host Russia stuns Spain in penalty kicks to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 1 July 2018 By himself, Christian Ramirez, who started and scored one of the penalty kicks in Minnesota's shootout victory, will be paid more than $641,000 this year. Patrick Brennan,, "Minnesota United: Cincinnati 'is going to be an intimidating environment' in MLS," 8 June 2018 After Russia topped Spain in penalty kicks, the World Cup host nation's supporters hope there's at least one more encore performance in the wings. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: World Cup Host Russia Looks to Continue Shocking Run vs. Croatia," 7 July 2018 The referee awarded Russia a penalty kick, which Artem Dzyuba converted. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russia Knocks Out Spain in Shootout," 1 July 2018 The Ecuadorian spark plug tallied the decisive score on a penalty kick in the 78th minute, inching the ball past United keeper David Ousted’s outstretched arms into the top-right pocket. Owen Pence,, "Revolution hold off D.C. United," 1 July 2018 Keller Fossil Ridge forward Mason Wallak scored on a rebound of his penalty kick, in the 69th minute, and the 1-0 result held in a boys Class 6A bi-district match against Arlington Lamar. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Fossil Ridge and Trinity boys earn rare soccer playoff wins, Castleberry girls advance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Mar. 2018 The Master’s Academy defeated Orangewood Christian on penalty kicks (4-2) to claim the 1A-3 crown after finishing the overtime periods tied at 1-1. J.c. Carnahan,, "DeLand boys soccer knocks loose 35 years of dust in capturing district title," 3 Feb. 2018

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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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