Kolarov scores free kick as Serbia wins

Costa Rica vs Serbia

Aleksandar Kolarov struck a superb free-kick as Serbia opened their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in Samara.

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.

Serbia have won their opening game at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1998, when they did so as Yugoslavia against Iran.

"Qualifying for Russian Federation was a great success, we are here on merit, but we are not going to be satisfied merely by being here, we want to go a step further".

If you held a gun to my head I think the match could go the way of Costa Rica, but it is going to be a tight match and one I think is going to go either way!

Excluding penalty shoot-outs, Los Ticos were one of only three sides - with Germany and the Netherlands - to remain unbeaten in the last edition of this tournament, topping a group that also contained Uruguay, England and Italy before being knocked out by the Oranje in the quarter-final.

Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin past year, said his team would study video of Switzerland's match.

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"If we play to our potential, are honest among ourselves, as we have been these three weeks, then we can do something", Kolarov said in quotes reported on the Serbian FA's official website.

The local daily La Nacion headlined its digital edition with "Costa Rica loses 0-1 against Serbia and the illusion of qualifying for the second round in Russian Federation 2018 goes out", reports Xinhua news agency. Serbia had a close opportunity before the half-time whistle but the chance was wasted with Costa Rica defenders coming to their goalkeeper's rescue quickly. It was my debut with the national team.

He played 83 minutes against Costa Rica, shining alongside highly rated Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

When is FIFA World Cup 2018 Costa Rica vs Serbia match? Costa Rica had no shots on goal until the final minutes.

The former Chelsea defender made his 104th worldwide appearance, surpassing the previous record of 103 by former midfielder Dejan Stankovic.

Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most sought after talents in Europe, whose stock will only rise if he delivers in Russian Federation. "We know that it will be hard because we have to face Brazil and Switzerland".

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