FIFA World Cup 2018 Highlights: Aleksandar Kolarov’s stunning free kick give Serbia 1-0 win over Serbia

A successful free kick from Aleksandr Kolarov separates the two sides as Serbia start off their World Cup 2018 campaign on a winning note.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: June 17, 2018 7:38:33 pm
FIFA World Cup 2018 Aleksandar Kolarov scored the goal for Serbia. (Reuters)

FIFA World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia Highlights: The second half of the match a surge of energy from Costa Rica early on in the second half. A successful free kick from Aleksandr Kolarov separates the two sides as Serbia start off their World Cup 2018 campaign on a winning note. Plenty of late drama as the referee checks with VAR for two potential red card attempts. But nothing came to Costa Rica’s aid as they looked dull up front, and created very little to challenge Serbia, who were happy sitting too deep with the 1 goal lead. Mitrovic failed to double the lead in the final few minutes, and his disappointing run in the match failed to score any goal. Serbia were happy to sit in their own half after scoring the goal while Costa Rica barely made any potential threat up front. It was an easy win for Serbia, in the end, but still far from a convincing one. (FIFA 2018 World Cup News | Fixtures | Points Table

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17 Jun

Cosmos Arena

Costa Rica

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    Serbia

    • 56’ Aleksandar Kolarov

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    19:25 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    FINAL SCORE: COSTA RICA 0-1 SERBIA

    SERBIA BEAT COSTA RICA 1-0!

    Plenty of late drama as the referee checks with VAR for two potential red card attempts. But nothing came to Costa Rica's aid as they looked dull up front, and created very little to challenge Serbia, who were happy sitting too deep with the 1 goal lead. Mitrovic failed to double the lead in the final few minutes, and his disappointing run in the match failed to score any goal. Serbia were happy to sit in their own half after scoring the goal while Costa Rica barely made any potential threat up front. It was an easy win for Serbia, in the end, but still far from a convincing one. 

    19:21 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    MATIC GETS INTO A FIGHT!

    Nemanja matic gets into a fight with the Costa Rica coach as he tries to hold the ball. He takes the ball away from him, and then gets into a tussle. But the referees and the players surround him before common sense takes control.

    19:18 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    5' Minutes added time

    Kostic tried to hammer the ball inside the back of the net but there was just too much power and it flew away from over the goalkeeper's head. The regulation time comes to an end with the shoot. The touchline umpires announces it will be five minutes of added time. Serbia have very little to save, and they would want to make the best of it.

    19:16 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    89' Final substiution

    Mitrovic is being replaced as Serbia look to waste some precious seconds on the clock. Prijovic comes down in the middle. 

    19:15 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    CHANCE!

    Mitrovic was one-on-one with Navas after a brilliant pass from Milinkovic-Savic inside the box and he has stuffed it up again. He lost his footing, as the ball remained behind. He tried to control it and shoot but failed to get any contact as he was closed down by the defender Gonzales. Chance wasted to make it 2-0 and close the match.

    19:10 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    2nd substitution for Serbia

    Serbia make the 2nd switch and the experienced right back Rukavina comes out in the middle in place of Tadic. 10 minutes remaining in the match, and Serbia are just looking to defend what they have.

    19:04 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    CHANCE!

    Excellent chance for Tadic to make it 2-0 to Serbia as Mitrovic broke inside the box and passed it to  Tadic on his right. The winger tried to cross it to Kosic, but there was no power on the ball and Navas jumped up to save the ball. 

    19:00 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Costa Rica - Substitution

    Final change for Costa Rica as Colindres replaces Guzman

    18:58 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    70' Substitution for Serbia

    Serbia are looking to close things up as Llajic is replaced by a defensive change. Things are starting to slow down as Costa Rica players are just passing things around, trying to find an opening. Serbia are happy defedning in their own half with 1-0 lead. An unfair challenge gives a free kick to Costa Rica. WIll something come off it? Nope, nothing.

    18:54 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    66' Another change for Costa Rica

    Costa Rica make another change and it Arsenal forward Joel Campbell has come out to replace Urena. It seems like a tactical substitution with Costa Rica looking to equalise

    18:50 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Substitution

    Costa Rica make first change - Bolonas comes in for Venegas

    18:50 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    59' Yellow card to Serbia

    Branislav Ivanovic gets booked as he cuts down Venegas near the left touchline. First booking for a Serbian player in the match. This match is starting to pick up now with both teams opening up to score a goal. 

    18:44 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    GOALLLL!

    GOALLLL! Aleksandr Kolarov makes it 1-0 to Serbia! He takes a picture-perfect free kick, right on the top corner. No chance for Keylor Navas to save that one. The power on the shot was worth watching as Costa Rica players could just watch it go inside the back of the  net. 30 m free kick, is that the best one this World Cup?

    18:43 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    55' Corner

    A corner to Serbia. Llajavic takes the corner from the right-end and it directly finds Mitrovic inside the box. But he could only find Navas, who got a hand to it. A couple of minutes later,  Guzman fouls a breaking Mitrovic and Serbia have found a free kick in a dangerous area.

    18:39 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    51' CHANCE!

    WHAT A CHANCE! AND IT GOES TO WASTE.

    AGAIN.

    Mitrovic dribbles. Mitrovic shoots. But there was absolutely no power, angle, direction or thought. Easy save for Keylor Navas. Score remains goalless.

    18:31 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Second half

    We are back with the second half. No changes in the team. Costa Rica kicks things off. HERE WE GO! The fans will be eager to see a goal in the second half after what was a pretty dull first 45 minutes. Maybe, if things do not change, we might see the substitutions being made. 

    18:18 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    HALF TIME!

    No goals so far - Costa Rica 0-0 Serbia!

    The match started off brilliantly with both teams taking charge and getting a shot on target in the first two minutes but later it just became a drag as Serbia midfielders slowed down the pace of the match. They just kept the possession and passed the ball around the middle.  The fewer chances they got were saved, and were also offside. Urena has been the best player for Costa Rica as he has troubled Serbian defenders to find pocket of spaces. But he failed to get any shot on target. Costa Rica have also looked good with set pieces, and it is likely they might score from one, if we are going to see any goals in the match.

    18:15 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    44' SHOT... SAVE! OFFSIDE!

    The story of Serbia in this match is very simple: Play around the middle, try to find some space to get a man inside the box. Pass the ball to him, he will shoot, but the attempt will be saved by the goalkeeper. And later, it won't matter, because the player inside the box will be offside.

    It has happened thrice in this match. Not kidding. Sergej shoots, Navas saves. Referee calls it offside,

    18:13 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    42' SHOT!

    All the hardwork from URena and it goes to waste with a terrible shoot. Urena has been the best player on the field so far for Costa Rica. He slipped past three defenders, continued to dribble on to find a pocket of space, but the final shot lacked any conviction. 

    18:09 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    CHANCE!

    Urena takes a shot after a brilliant pass from his Costa Rican teammate, but he failed to control the power on the shot and it flew way too high away from Stojkovic. 

    18:05 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Free Kick to Serbia

    Tadic has been fouled by Venegas and Serbia have a free kick in a dangerous position. Llajic takes the cross, but Navas jumps up like a superman to save the shot. The ball goes towards Costa Rica's corner, and then led to a nasty collision between Acosta and Tosic. They are okay, though. And ready to play on.

    18:04 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    30' CRC 0-0 SRB

    No goals so far. Half an hour is already gone. And somewhere there are Serbia fans shouting, "DO SOMETHING!" Or as they say in Serbia, "Uradi nešto!"

    Serbia playes have kept the possession but have been overtly cautious in the match. They have been happy sitting in the middle with the ball but not getting any chance to score. 

    17:58 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    CHANCE!

    That has been the best chance of the match so far with Milinko-Savic getting one-on-one with Navas. But he failed to make the best of it as he struck it straight into Navas' hands. Anyhow it was offside. Should have troubled the goalkeeper atleast though,

    17:52 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    YELLOW CARD TO COSTA RICA

    Calvo has been booked for a double-footed challenge on Tadic. Calvo knew he committed the foul and he went back immediately, not wanting to extend his punishment. No complaints.

    17:50 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Mitrovic lost

    Costa Rica midfielders are setting up a nice tempo in the match, but so far, they are struggling to find Aleksandr Mitrovic inside the box. As I am typing this, Ivanovic again tried to cross it inside the box to Mitrovic but was defended well by Costa Rica. 

    17:47 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Ivanovic creates Serbian record!
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    17:45 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    12' CHANCE!

    Another corner to Costa Rica, and it almost once again went into the goal. Gonzales was inside the box, one-on-one with Stojkovic, and he head it towards the goal, but got too much of touch on it.

    17:41 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Statistics to remember
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    17:38 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Kolarov shoots, Kolarov misses!

    Aleksandr Kolarov takes a shoot after finding ample amount of space, but the distance was just too wide, and the shot was too far away from the goal post to trouble Navas. Good start from both teams in the middle. The score remain 0-0 for now.

    17:34 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    3' Costa Rica has a shot on target

    Bryan Ruiz's pace proves too much for Costa Rica too handle, and he almost found an opening. But it was saved by Serbian defenders. A cross into the box a minute later from Venegas, and Gonzales heads its straight into the goalkeeper's hands.

    17:30 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    KICKOFF

    Serbia kick off the match and we are on! Serbia immediately get the corner and Llajic with the corner and it is a header from Aleksandr Mitrovic near the goal post, but Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas was  helped by his defenders. PHEW!

    17:29 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Captain's handshakes

    Bryan Ruiz shakes hands with Aleksandr Kolarov as the two teams exchange pennats before the start of the play. Amazing scenes. Kolarov is the most senior player in the team. 

    17:29 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Captain's handshakes

    Bryan Ruiz shakes hands with Aleksandr Kolarov as the two teams exchange pennats before the start of the play. Amazing scenes. Kolarov is the most senior player in the team. 

    17:26 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    National Anthems

    First up we start off with Costa Rica's National Anthem - the players look to extremely involved atr the moment as they sing the National Anthem at the top of their voices. 

    Now it is Serbia National anthem - And the players look intent and full of determination as they are singing the national anthem

    17:21 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Formations

    Here is how the team set up will be in Costa Rica vs Serbia match:

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    17:17 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Time for National Anthems

    It is time for National Anthems - so far, it has been the South American nations who have had shown extreme enthusiasm and passion at the National Anthems. Peru's National Anthem last evening was just... out of the world.

    17:05 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Serbia key player - Aleksandar Mitrovic

    A criticism that has been levelled at Serbia squad is that they do not possess too many attacking options. But for what it's worth, Serbia's Aleksandar Mitrovic, is an amazing talent. In spite of not getting the confidence from Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez, Mitrovic has been backed by Serbia coach Mladen Krstajić. He could be a real threat up front.

    16:45 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Serbia players have arrived

    Serbian players have reached the stadium as we reach towards the kickoff. The players are eager to challenge the South American nation and get off to a fine start. 

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    16:30 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Costa Rica players have arrived!

    Costa Rica players have reached the stadium with just one hour left for kickoff. We will go into the match soon but before that, why not take a peek in Costa Rica's dressing room?

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    16:29 (IST) 17 Jun 2018
    Costa Rica vs Serbia Starting XI

    Here are the starting XI of the Costa Rica vs Serbia - and guess what- Matic, Mitrovic and Ivanovic are all starting for Serbia. 

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    FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Streaming FIFA World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia Highlights: Serbia play their first match against Costa Rica. (Source: Reuters)

    Costa Rica vs Serbia Highlights: Serbia will come up against one of the World Cup’s toughest defensive units in Costa Rica on Sunday but coach Mladen Krstajic will look to midfield dynamo Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to unsettle the Central Americans. Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most sought after talents in Europe, whose stock will only rise if he delivers in Russia. The Lazio man has been linked with many of Europe’s top clubs, including Manchester United and Juventus, after playing a pivotal role in the Italian side’s qualification for the Europa League. Despite having only four caps to his name, the 23-year-old looks set to start in a midfield three with experienced pair Nemanja Matic and Luka Milivojevic in the Group E clash in Samara.

    (Source: Reuters)