Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Aleksandar Kolarov scores stunning free-kick against Costa Rica

Aleksandar Kolarov scores stunning free-kick against Costa Rica

Kolarov's tally was what all Serbia needed to carve out a close win, grabbing all three points to take the early lead in Group E. Serbia has three points, Brazil and Switzerland have one point each while Costa Rica has no point to show so far. The bar says it still has openings for the June 22 game against Brazil. That's exactly what happened to Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić, who wasn't just making his tournament debut or his World Cup debut, but his competitive debut as well.

The wall of noise and colour from outside the ground was soon transported indoors, where the nearby Costa Rica fans in particular made it hard to hold a conversation with a colleague sat three yards away.

"I do not see inordinate pressure on them, even through many people want to (put pressure on them) but they know what to do and are fully focused".

"The first match in the World Cup is always crucial". Serbia will lock horns with Costa Rica in the opening encounter of Group B today at Samara Arena.

They have shown little in qualification for Russian Federation or in their warmup matches to suggest they will now cast off the shackles and, given the sport's recent history of rewarding teams who play it safe, they may feel there is little incentive to change. The Roma defender reiterated that Costa Rica has a quick playing style and strong defenders, as well as well-known forwards.

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Serbia bossed the ball as their enterprising midfield, fusing the experience of Manchester United enforcer Nemanja Matic and the raw talent of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, got on top.

Costa Rica advanced out of the group stage in Brazil with victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England, but the country's players insisted in the run-up to Sunday's game that this team should not be judged on the past.

In the FIFA World Cup 2018, the teams Costa Rica and Serbia are ready to face each other. The Eagles will depend on the back line again on Friday when the team plays Switzerland in Kaliningrad. "I'm ready to play in the World Cup".

Despite being flagged for offside it was Milinkovic-Savic who produced the moment of the first half when he directed an overhead kick goalwards.

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumours have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old midfielder.

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