Kolarov's stunner hands Serbia victory over Costa Rica

Kolarov's stunner hands Serbia victory over Costa Rica

Serbia will come up against one of the World Cup's toughest defensive units in Costa Rica on Sunday but coach Mladen Krstajic will look to midfield dynamo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to unsettle the Central Americans.

After Costa Rica midfielder David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov stepped up and curled his shot over the wall and into the net in the 56th minute.

In Brazil, they conceded a meagre two goals in five games, beating Italy and Uruguay to top a group that also included England, before eventually falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the last eight.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Costa Rica vs Serbia match will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2018.

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. The 34-year-old Ivanovic had matched Stankovic's record last Saturday in a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia.

Serbia is to compete in Group E along with Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

The local daily La Nacion headlined its digital edition with "Costa Rica loses 0-1 against Serbia and the illusion of qualifying for the second round in Russian Federation 2018 goes out", reports Xinhua news agency.

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"Now, the impressive 6'3" footballer has shown off his skills with Serbia in a World Cup, but it has not been the first time the youngster has appeared in an worldwide competition.

"They [Serbia] are one of the greatest teams, they work intensely, and we are ready to cope with this challenge", Gonzalez said. By the way, during the recent sparring team fans in the 13th minute gave the goalkeeper a standing ovation in honor of the 13th Champions Cup, produced his club. We know Serbia press a lot in the first 20 minutes - we need to be able to handle this.

Milinkovic-Savic spent the bulk of the first half shouting because he didn't get the ball where he wanted it, and too many crosses missed the mark because the intended target took a different route.

"The first match in the World Cup is always crucial".

Meanwhile, Costa Rica boss Óscar Ramírez spoke defiantly after his sides loss, claiming that the World Cup is far from over for his side despite the defeat.

"From what I've seen in the locker room, we still believe", the Costa Rica coach said.

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