Aleksandar Kolarov gives Serbia 1-0 lead over Costa Rica

20 June, 2018, 20:08 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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It was Serbia's first World Cup victory since 2010 against Germany in the group stage. The game will kick start at 1 pm BST on June 17, 2018.

In the first match on Sunday, Serbia will take on Costa Rica. Find out by following our live matchcast. He kept three clean sheets in five matches in that tournament (which ended against the Netherlands, who served them a taste of their own medicine on penalties) and earned him a move to Real Madrid, where he has been number one ever since.

They famously reached the quarter-finals four years ago, although Oviedo missed out due to a long-term injury, after topping a group that included England, Italy and Uruguay.

Fresh from helping Fulham gain promotion to the Premier League, striker Aleksandar Mitrović is set to lead the line against Costa Rica.

Captain Aleksandar Kolarov in the 56th minute scored a goal and secured a 1-0 victory for Serbia.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose non-selection during qualifying led to Slavo Muslin's sacking as Serbia coach, nearly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, but his overhead kick was well kept out by Real Madrid 'keeper Keylor Navas in the Costa Rica goal.

"Maybe we have lost a certain margin for qualifying", he said. With Brazil and Switzerland, the other two teams in the group, the result of this game is of great significance to both sides as the loser is highly unlikely to make it to the next round.

"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.

Southampton's Dusan Tadic, Manchester United's Nemanja Matic and Crystal Palace's Luka Milivojevic will be the central midfield triumvirate looking to produce the creativity for the aforementioned Mitrovic, as Serbia try to show their quality and kick off with a win. The match is the first one on Day 4 of the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Coach Oscar Ramirez threw on Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, Costa Rica's star player in Brazil in 2014, in search of an equaliser.

Branislav Ivanovic's cross was knocked out of the box by Navas three minutes later.

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic..


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