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Serbia defeats Costa Rica 1-0 at the 2018 World Cup

20 Juin 2018

Unsurprisingly, it was also enough to land Kolarov the "man of the match" honours, which he seemed fairly delighted about... A bullet of a left-footed shot which Real Madrid star Keylor Navas had no answer to. But he was powerless when in the 56th minute, the chic Kolarov free-kick sent the ball into the top corner of gate of the rival - 0:1.

In truth, unfancied Serbia - competing in its first major tournament since 2010 - is far less likely to make the final than Djokovic, who is a three-time Wimbledon champion. None of the teams have managed to penetrate the opposition defence and score the opening goal.

Costa Rica started positively with Bryan Ruiz slipping Marcos Urena through on goal in the second minute, but he failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one. The scoreline reads 0-0.

It is very hard to see the Germany v Mexico match going any other way that a victory for Germany, and I expect from the very minute the match kicks off it will be Germany that will be taking the lead.

Serbia, however, are not built to defend and will hope their attacking talents can compensate for shortcomings at the back. Expect a cracker between the two equals today at the Samara Arena.

Serbia's Dusan Tadic fights for the ball against Costa Rica's Francisco Calvo during their World Cup match. Serbia didn't qualify for the 2014 edition in Brazil.

Their opponents in Samara famously reached the quarter-finals four years ago after topping a group including former winners England, Italy and Uruguay.

His experienced side were solid throughout, with 23-year-old Lazio forward Sergej Milinkovic-Savic a constant threat.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Costa Rica vs Serbia will kick off at 5:30 pm IST on Saturday. The match starts at 20:00 on 17 June 2018.

The Roma defender reiterated that Costa Rica has a quick playing style and strong defenders, as well as well-known forwards.

It was nothing less than Serbia deserved for a dominant display, although the best chance of the first half went to Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez, who headed over from point-blank range.

The goal also represented a new record in this World Cup.

Serbia defeats Costa Rica 1-0 at the 2018 World Cup