Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Hattie Nash

Costa Rica Ready Against Serbia

Costa Rica Ready Against Serbia

Aleksandar Kolarov's free-kick goal in the second half propelled Serbia to a 1-0 victory in its 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E opener.

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.

Costa Rica's best opening came after 12 minutes when Giancarlo Gonzalez was picked out unmarked at the far post by David Guzman following a short corner routine but he headed well over. So, in the office bet365 have set a ratio of 1.95 for the win of Golden lilies, and on the success of Costa Rica to 4.75.

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

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

Southampton winger Dusan Tadic starred as Serbia got their World Cup campaign off to a positive start. Other notable players in the Costa Rican side include Bryan Ruiz and Marco Urena, who will be looking to unlock the Serbian defence.

It was Serbia's first World Cup victory since 2010 against Germany in the group stage. However, back in 2014, Costa Rica managed to top the Group consisting of England, Italy and Uruguay so its highly improbable that the opposing teams will take Costa Rica lightly this year.

Celebrating wildly after his friend Aleksandar Kolarov bagged Serbia's victor with a superb free-kick, Djokovic watched the match from a raucous players' lounge at Queen's Club in west London, where he is preparing for the start of the Wimbledon warm-up event next week.

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He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball.

Ivanovic went into the book for a foul on Johan Venegas soon afterwards, with the latter making way for Christian Bolanos as Costa Rica made the game's first change. It was a well-deserved win for Serbia, they were the more controlled side, had more quality in the final third.

"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.

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