Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse is close to David Beckham’s record.
Southampton won 1-0 against Chelsea in the 24th round of the English Premier League (EPL) in the 2022-23 season held at Stamford Bridge in London,토토사이트 England at 0:00 am (Korean time) on the 19th. As a result, Chelsea remained in 10th place with 31 points, while Southampton, although last, added 3 points to 18 points.
The match was led by Chelsea. With Popana at the forefront, Chelsea launched a relatively new offensive lineup with Mason Mount, Joao Felix and Noni Madueke in the second line. However, he did not show a sharp look in the attack, and was rather threatened by Southampton’s sharp counterattack.
In the end, they conceded the opening goal at the end of the first half. In added time of the first half, Southampton had a free kick opportunity outside Chelsea’s penalty box. Ward-Prowse, who started as the kicker, split the net with an exquisite free kick that slightly crossed the height of the wall.
It was the moment when Ward-Prowse’s proprietary patent was exercised. The free kick, which was perfect in both speed and trajectory, was driven into the left corner, which even Kepa Arrizabalaga could not help. Southampton, which gained momentum thanks to Ward-Prowse’s opening goal, finished the game 1-0 with concentration on defense until the end in the second half.
Ward-Prowse was the protagonist of the match. With this free kick goal, Ward-Prowse approached the record. Ward-Prowse, who is called the ‘craftsman’ of free kicks, added a free kick goal that day, bringing him to a total of 17 free kick goals during the 11 seasons he played in the Premier League.
David Beckham’s record of 18 goals is currently the Premier League’s all-time leading scorer from free kicks. Manchester United’s legendary midfielder Beckham is known for his unique free-kick action and out-of-the-box free kicks. But Ward-Prowse wants to reach his stronghold.
Meanwhile, Ward-Prowse has scored six goals this season, three of them from direct free kicks. Attention is focusing on whether another new record in the Premier League will be set by Ward-Prowse, who is considered a master of free kicks.