Definition of penalty kick in English:

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penalty kick


1 Soccer A free kick at the goal from the penalty spot (which only the goalkeeper is allowed to defend), awarded to the attacking team after a foul within the penalty area by an opponent.
Example sentences
  • Well, in the space of 132 seconds of extra time, France converted on a free kick to tie and then took advantage of a foul to score the winning goal on a penalty kick.
  • Another solution might be to award a penalty kick against a player found guilty of swearing at an official in the way that free throws are awarded in basketball for such offences.
  • Images of him taking his shirt off in the final game have been more widely published and acclaimed than pictures of his penalty kick against Argentina.
2 Rugby A place kick awarded to a team after an offence by an opponent.
Example sentences
  • Dundee striker blew a great chance to level when he saw his penalty kick saved.
  • Of course, if the sending-off offence would also lead to a penalty kick, then committing the offence is almost never justifiable.
  • Then 20 minutes after good play by the visiting backs and forward the scrumhalf equalised the score with a penalty kick.

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