Kolarov strikes sees off Costa Rica

Brenda Watkins
June 19, 2018

But after 56 minutes the breakthrough came when Mitrovic was fouled by Calvo, who was booked, and Kolarov curled an unstoppable free kick over the wall and just inside the post.

Playing his 104th game for Serbia, becoming the nation's most capped player in history overtaking Dejan Stankovic (including those who played for both Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro, the teams recognised by Federation Internationale de Football Association as the official predecessor teams of Serbia), the right-back was a force down his flank giving Francisco Calvo a tough afternoon.

Serbia captain Aleksandar Kolarov said Saturday that Costa Rica, rival of his national team in both sides' 2018 World Cup opener, has very good defenders.

Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational display against Spain on Friday night has been the performance of the 2018 World Cup so far, with Brian Kerr's commentary a close second.

The attackers looked void of a lot of creativity and confidence going forward and while the defence originally held strong against Serbia's attacking players, they came unstuck after Kolarov's excellent free-kick put them behind.

It was a cheeky move from Krstajic, who was taking charge of his first competitive match for Serbia, after their previous manager, Slavoljub Muslin, was sacked for his style of play - despite leading the side to the World Cup.

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With Brazil heavy favourites to win the group, which also features Switzerland, the victory delivered a potentially vital three points for Serbia and left Costa Rica in a precarious position.

The Manchester United man was a driving force in the heart of Serbia's 5-man midfield.

Giancarlo Gonzalez squandered Costa Rica's best chance, heading wide when unmarked in the 12th minute. "We know the eyes of the world are on us".

Costa Rica will play Brazil on June 22 at 6 am Costa Rica time.

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumours have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old midfielder. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic's bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside.

Vucic told the team: 'I don't think it's such big money for you... but we wanted to show you how important it is to our country that you should represent it the best way possible'.

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