Aleksandar Kolarov: Self-belief inspired Serbia victor against Costa Rica

Emmett Rice
June 21, 2018

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic was a relieved man following his side's 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup Group E match on Sunday.

Kolarov's left-footed strike in the 56th minute against Costa Rica was one of three free kicks for goals at this World Cup - already more than the entire tournament in Brazil.

In Brazil, they conceded a meagre two goals in five games, beating Italy and Uruguay to top a group that also included England, before eventually falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the last eight.

"It is great to have three points in the bag, but we are not finished".

Costa Rica goalkeeper Leonel Moreira at a training session. The 31-year old keeper was part of the side that reached the quarters in 2014, and his experience is going to be vital if Los Tocos are to come away with a positive result.

The match between Serbia and Costa Rica was just another example of how special a talent Sergej Milinkovic-Savic truly is.

In the photo, Valeria Zuluaga shows the comfort with which she will be enjoying the game early Sunday morning at the Costa Rica Beer Factory.

Whenever Serbia played a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup, Milinkovic-Savic was surprisingly not called up to the squad.

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Since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, Serbia have never gone beyond the group stage of a World Cup.

The European nation closed in on a second when Milinkovic Savage found space in the box, but wasted an inviting opportunity to put them further ahead following a dismissal effort.

While Serie A was undoubtedly one of the most exciting leagues in Europe last season, with its tense race for the title and top four, it unfortunately does not have the audience of some of the continents' bigger leagues.

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Bookmakers unanimously considered the favorite in this match, the Serbian team. "We know everything about Switzerland".

Milinkovic-Savic is one of the most sought after talents in Europe, whose stock will only rise if he delivers in Russian Federation.

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