Kolarov's stunning free-kick gives Serbia victory over Costa Rica

Serbia coach Mladen Krstaji

Serbia boss Mladen Krstajić will be hoping to start with a win

Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia, Kolarov's goal remains the difference between the two sides as Serbia win the FIFA World Cup 2018, group E opener 1-0.

After a scoreless first half, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas withstood a barrage of Serbian challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena.

The most creative moment in the match came in the 56th minute when Aleksandar Kolarov curled a delightful free-kick into the top corner after a foul by David Guzmán on Aleksandar Mitrović, which proved to be costly for the Costa Ricans.

If Costa Rica are going to recover, however, they will need to rediscover the defensive organization and clinical counter-attacks that propelled them to the quarter-finals four years ago.

"It is great to have three points, but we are not finished".

Costa Rica manager Oscar Ramirez insists that Los Ticos' World Cup adventure "isn't over" following their 1-0 loss to Serbia on Sunday.

While not pacing right down to the touchline, Ivanovic tested the Costa Rica defence with his crosses for deep up into Mitrovic and the pushing Milinkovic-Savic.

The 44-year-old admitted he had been under pressure in the build-up to the game.

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The critics had seen Serbia as the team in Group E that would be easiest to defeat.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Costa Rica vs Serbia match will take place at Samara Arena in Samara in Russian Federation.

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The European nation closed in on a second when Milinkovic Savage found space in the box, but wasted an inviting opportunity to put them further ahead following a dismissal effort.

"That's something that maybe cost us in our friendlies, especially in our last match where we had a hard time dealing with Belgium. I don't want to do the maths yet", Kolarov said.

"The next rivals are Brazil and Switzerland, more powerful players than the Serbs", it said. "We know everything about Switzerland".

Note that our website will be available a text online broadcast of the match Costa Rica - Serbia.

Southampton's midfielder Tusan Tadic, has 51 caps and 13 goals for Serbia, and contributes a lot at the offensive end.

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