Aleksandar Kolarov stunner gives Serbia victory over Costa Rica

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is ready for the challenge against Serbia in the Samara Arena in Samara

"It was an fantastic goal", Costa Rica defender Bryan Oviedo said of Kolarov's effort.

A corner in the 12th minute was played short by Costa Rica, with David Guzman then aiming a cross at the back post which was met by an unmarked Gonzalez, who only managed to head over the goalpost from point-blank range.

The 44-year-old admitted he had been under pressure in the build-up to the game. But a narrow, one-goal win over a Costa Rican team that came into the World Cup in poor form is hardly cause for celebration, and the match highlighted a key weakness in the side. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.

The reigning world champion Germany lost counter Mexico and for the first time since 1982, lost the opening match of the world Cup.

No doubt, at least one player of the national team of Costa Rica any more or less knowledgeable football fan, of course, knows.

With three points in their kitty from the first match of the group, Serbia will aim to improve their form ahead of sterner tests against Brazil and Switzerland.

"The match against Switzerland is going to be the most hard one", he said.




Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić praised the positive atmosphere among his squad following their 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their first match of the 2018 World Cup.

Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic broke out wide and played in a cross-field pass to pick Mitrovic or Savage, but Navas stretched out his hand to pull away the danger.

We have been treated quite well in the early stages of this World Cup.

Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most sought after talents in Europe, whose stock will only rise if he delivers in Russian Federation.

Apart from him, rising star Aleksandar Mitrovic, who is now at Fulham on loan from Newcastle United, appears to be irreplaceable for his national team.

He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic also wasted a good opportunity in the 28th minute, but he was ruled offside anyway.

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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