England got off to about as good a start as the team could have hoped for against Croatia in the World Cup semifinal.
Fighting for the chance to take on France in the final, England scored yet another set piece goal just minutes into the match. After winning a free kick just a few yards outside the box, Kieran Trippier lined up and sent a firecracker over the wall and blazing past goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
It’s even more beautiful when viewed from England’s goal.
The goal was so clean that all Subasic could do was shrug it off — he had no chance of stopping it the moment the ball left Trippier’s foot.
England’s World Cup has been marked by set piece goals thus far— nine of the team’s 12 goals in the tournament have come from free kicks, corners, and the penalty spot. Fans have taken notice.
The goal gave England an early 1-0 lead in the semifinal. Should they hold on, the Three Lions will take on France in the final on Sunday.