Serbia - World Cup - 17 June 2018

Serbia - World Cup - 17 June 2018

Krstajic's relief was matched in equal measure by the disappointment of Costa Rica boss Oscar Ramirez, whose side are in a precarious position.

Aleksander Kolarov's impressive free-kick was enough to hand Serbia a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in their 2018 World Cup opener.

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.

Real Madrid No.1 Keylor Navas had an absolutely no chance of keeping it out, such was the combination of power and placement from Kolarov's rocket of a left peg.

Serbia's Dusan Tadic fights for the ball against Costa Rica's Francisco Calvo during their World Cup match.

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.

Serbia - World Cup - 17 June 2018

The final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach.

Bunjevcevic, 45, played for the national team from 1998-2003, appearing in 16 matches. The 31-year old keeper was part of the side that reached the quarters in 2014, and his experience is going to be vital if Los Tocos are to come away with a positive result.

"The coach chooses the players who best adapt to his style and it is based on three aspects: football quality, union with teammates, and personality within the group", Slavoljub Muslin said about the midfielder's absence.

"We have lost two friendlies [to England and Belgium], no one likes to lose, but it was just a preparation. for the World Cup". He was replaced on the roster by Kenner Gutierrez. "Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup". "We know everything about Switzerland".

Note that our website will be available a text online broadcast of the match Costa Rica - Serbia.

The Lazio playmaker was Serbia's most creative influence, although his blushes were spared by the linesman's flag when he fluffed a first-half chance after racing through on goal.

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