Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

Carla Harmon
June 20, 2018

Tadic, 29, came into the tournament after an inconsistent season, but one he finished strongly, providing three assists in his final seven games. The free kick came after a yellow card on Costa Rica's David Guzman. This ex-Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic, and the defender Roma Aleksandar Kolarov, midfielder of "Manchester United" Nemanja MATIC.

He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. It was my debut with the national team.

Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez, right, vies for the ball with Serbia's Dusko Tosic during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia.

Serbia have won their opening game at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1998, when they did so as Yugoslavia against Iran.


Both the teams have well trained in their recent friendly matches.

Aleksandar Kolarov's goal was enough to secure a Serbian 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in yesterday's Group E fixture. Serbia return to the World Cup stage after missing the 2014 Brazil world cup and Euro 2016.

The Costa Rica Beer Factory, in Barrio Escalante, in San Jose, is offering its patrons 10 mattresses and a 76′ screen (and three smaller ones) to watch the game in a bed.

Arsenal forward Joel Campbell looks likely to leave the club this summer, but is not letting stories of an exit distract him from the World Cup.


On the half hour mark Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had a great chance to find the back of the net when he got in behind the Costa Rica defence, but he shot straight at the keeper from ten-yards out.

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

With five minutes of the second half gone, only a good save by Navas prevented Mitrovic from opening the scoring after a clipped pass from Milinkovic-Savic, although the striker should have done better.

Ramirez did his best to raise the spirits of the Ticos following the match, but he was also realistic.


"I'm happy with the way we played, but we have to keep our feet on the ground", said Krstajic, who only took charge last October. "We know everything about Switzerland and now we will watch them against Brazil to make sure we don't miss anything".

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