Friday 21 September, 2018

Trippier gives England 1-0 lead over Croatia at half-time

England's Kieran Trippier celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match against Croatia at the 2018 football World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco).

England's Kieran Trippier celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match against Croatia at the 2018 football World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco).

England have a 1-0 halftime lead over Croatia 1-0 in the World Cup semifinals in Russia after Kieran Trippier scored from a free kick.

Trippier curled the ball over the Croatian wall and into the net in the fifth minute.

Croatia have gone a goal down in both of their previous knockout matches, but had previously rallied swiftly.

This time, the Croatians have only recorded a few shots at Jordan Pickford's goal from outside the penalty area, most of them off target.

England could have scored a second when Jesse Lingard received the ball in space on the edge of the box in the 35th but shot wide.