Costa Rica 'Will Do Anything' to Defeat Serbia

2:12                                            Aleksandar Mitrovic will be leading the Serbian frontline at the World Cup. We take a look at his best moments for Fulh

2:12 Aleksandar Mitrovic will be leading the Serbian frontline at the World Cup. We take a look at his best moments for Fulh

His free kick curled over the wall and diving Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas wasn't able to reach it before it sailed into the upper right corner in the 56th minute.

After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena.

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The match was also Krstajic's first competitive game in charge of the national team, having taken over in October when qualification was secured.

Kolarov's goal, which curled over the wall in the 56th minute, gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at Samara Stadium in the team's opening match in Russian Federation. In their total four appearances at the World Cup, Costa Rica have won their opening games three times. Serbia are the favourites on paper, but Los Ticos will be anything but an easy opposition here.

The attackers looked void of a lot of creativity and confidence going forward and while the defence originally held strong against Serbia's attacking players, they came unstuck after Kolarov's excellent free-kick put them behind. There was no comment from any of the Serbian players about what they thought of the gift.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic shot straight at the keeper when clean through, his blushes spared by the offside flag, before another Tadic attempt to find Mitrovic in the area was thwarted.

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"The coach chooses the players who best adapt to his style and it is based on three aspects: football quality, union with teammates, and personality within the group", Slavoljub Muslin said about the midfielder's absence.

Serbia will be looking to grab 3 points in their opening encounter against Costa Rica today.

The Roma defender made the crucial breakthrough early in the second half with a magnificent effort, and although Serbia missed chances to further extend their lead, they were not overly troubled by the Costa Ricans.

Krstajic's relief was matched in equal measure by the disappointment of Costa Rica boss Oscar Ramirez, whose side are in a precarious position.

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