Maguire opening goal against Sweden was one of eight set pieces that saw England reach the semifinals. AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND
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After more goals came from set pieces in this World Cup's group stage than any other, set-play strategy has continued to have a huge impact in the knockout phase, with five of the 11 goals scored in the quarterfinals coming from free kicks or corners.Overall, 39 percent of goals in the World Cup have come from set plays or penalties, powering the rise of teams that traditionally do not do well in World Cups.England, meanwhile, reached the semifinals for the first time in 28 years with the help of eight goals from set pieces, more than any other side in the tournament, including three penalties.England have been far more reliant on set-play strategy than fellow semifinalists Belgium and France, who have struck three goals each from them, while their next opponents Croatia have scored from only one set piece and one penalty.
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