• first half
  • 15'
  • 30'
  • second half
  • 60'
  • 75'
  • 90'
Costa Rica

21' Francisco Calvo

55' David Guzman

59' Out Johan Venegas in Bolaños

66' Out Ureña in Campbell

72' Out David Guzman in Daniel Colindres

Serbia

55' Kolarov

58' Ivanovic

69' Out Ljajic in Filip Kostic

82' Out Tadic in Rukavina

89' Out Mitrovic in Prijovic

97' Prijovic

WORLD CUP 2018

Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia, World Cup Group E fixture: Kolarov free-kick the difference

Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia, World Cup Group E fixture: Kolarov free-kick the difference

DAVID GRAY

REUTERS

Serbia did enough to grind out a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica, who failed to show some of the quality and creativity that got them to a quarter final four years ago.

Costa Rica vs Serbia Match Report:

The first-ever meeting of Serbia and Costa Rica will not go down as one of the World Cup's most exciting encounters. But the Serbians did enough to secure a deserved 1-0 victory against the Central Americans, who were hoping to pull off some of the heroics they managed four years ago that allowed them to beat the likes of Uruguay and Italy. 

During the first 15 minutes, it looked like they could have: Costa Rica started bright and created two great chances, both of which were headers from Giancarlo González, who was given space and time on both occasions, but he failed to trouble the keeper. 

After that first 15 minutes, however, Serbia took charge, and finally found the back of the net in the 57th minute, thanks to a beautifully struck free kick by Kolarov that swerved into the corner. Serbia sat back after the goal, allowing Costa Rica some possesion and opportunities to come at them. But they just lacked the quality and creativity to challenge the Serbian keeper and could not create anything noteworthy. Serbia had a couple of more chances, but the game finished 1-0. Serbia have set themselves up nicely now for a second place finish. Costa Rica will need to draw against Brazil and beat Switzerland if they are to have any hope of going through and reaching a quarter final as they did four years ago. But judging from that performance, that seems extremely unlikely.

Costa Rica vs Serbia Live Feed:

Costa Rice vs Sebia Match Preview:

With Brazil expected to top Group E, Costa Rica and Serbia (along with Switzerland)will be vying for second place and this will be the first-ever encounter between the two sides.

Serbia are clear favorites to win the game, thanks to their squad of talented players, which includes Manchester United’s Nemanja Matic, Southampton’s’ Dusan Tadic, and in-form striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 12 goals in 20 appearances while on loan at Fulham from Newcastle. Another stand out talent is Lazio Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is one of the most sought-after midfielders in Europe and pivotal to the side’s hopes of going far in Russia.

After failing to qualify for the tournament in 2014, and elimination at the group stages in South Africa 2010, Serbia’s supporters will be expecting much more from this talented bunch of players in 2018, and getting things off on the right foot against Costa Rica will be seen as almost a given.

Serbia may well be clear favorites, but Costa Rica can by no means be written off. They have been dealt a difficult group, but the Central Americans have been in this position before and came out shining. In 2014 they managed to finish top of a group in which they were tipped to come last – beating Uruguay and Italy along the way – and went on to reach the last eight. They are more than capable of creating and upset, as we saw four years ago.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas is the most recognized name on the team sheet, and in front of him is a strong and physical backline formed by Bologna’s Giancarlo González, stalwart Johnny Acosta, who plies his trade in Colombia, and hard-man Kendall Watson of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Costa Rica will play defensively and will hope to catch the Serbians on the counter attack, with players like Christian Bolaño and Sporting Lisbon’s Bryan Ruiz, who is the side’s most forward-thinking and creative player.

 

 

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