Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

by Dwayne Torres June 21, 2018, 1:28
Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

Aleksandar Kolarov's sensational free-kick proved the difference as Serbia got their World Cup campaign off to a winning start with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in Group E.

Next up: Both teams will be back in action Friday, with Costa Rica set to play Brazil and Serbia scheduled to take on Switzerland.

The captain curled a free kick over the wall and a diving Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas could not reach it before it sailed into the upper right corner in the 56th minute.

These two sides began their Russian Federation 2018 campaign under sunny Samara skies on Sunday but despite the abundant quality on show, profligacy was the underlying theme until Aleksandar Kolarov struck in spectacular fashion just prior to the hour to earn a 1-0 win for his side. Costa Rica's top scorer Marco Urena suffered facial fractures about a month ago.

Serbia is to compete in Group E along with Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

Costa Rica lost their last two warm-up games to England and Belgium, but coach Oscar Ramirez insists they will be better for that experience.

Cristiano Ronaldo Creates International History With Goal V Spain
However, with just two years remaining on that deal, Real Madrid have begun sniffing around him again. After only one game in Russia, Ronaldo has already doubled his total goals from previous World Cups .

It was the third free kick goal so far at the World Cup: Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin had one in stoppage time in the 5-0 tournament opener against Saudi Arabia and Ronaldo capped his hat trick against Spain with the other. Costa Rica were also the only side to remain unbeaten except for penalty shootouts in the 2014 World Cup alongside Germany and Netherlands.

"The World Cup won't change my life, I don't come here to show myself", Campbell said in Samara. The owners said they will be preparing the place early Sunday morning for people to enjoy the game with all the comfort, even in pajamas if they so choose.

Since Krstajic took over in October, Milinkovic-Savic has featured three times, including the most recent friendlies against Chile and Bolivia.

We have been treated quite well in the early stages of this World Cup.

All eyes will be on Milinkovic-Savic on Sunday as he looks to give Serbia the flawless start to their World Cup campaign and perhaps adding several more million onto his transfer fee in the close season.

Milinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn't score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia.

Recommended News


TOP News

Seoul welcomes Trump's plan to have phone conversation with Kim Jong
When White House reporters later followed up on his comment, Trump said "I'm kidding , you don't understand sarcasm". Trump said that Kim's people "sit up at attention" when he speaks, and Trump wants "my people to do the same".

Barty faces Konta in Nottingham final
The Briton will go on to face Australia's Alex de Minaur after the second seed beat Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 6-2 6-4. The top-seeded Ashleigh Barty awaits in Sunday's final after the Australian beat Naomi Osaka of Japan 6-3 6-4.

Kim meets with Singapore's prime minister
The official said Trump and Kim would hold a one-on-one meeting on Tuesday that could last up to two hours. President Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for their historic summit set for Tuesday.

GREAT AGAIN: Fed RAISES 2018 Economic Outlook, HIKES Interest Rates
The Fed anticipates that inflation will overshoot its 2% target this year; in March, officials saw that happening only in 2020. Powell was speaking at a press conference after the Fed announced its decision to raise interest rates .

Queen and Meghan in first royal visit together in Cheshire
The Queen sported a lime green ensemble; green is the colour adopted by survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire in London a year ago. The Duchess of Sussex turned to Givenchy to create the outfit for her all-important first joint engagement with the Queen .

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump, critics
TRUMP: " More importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me ". "The end result was wrong". Clinton and some Democrats have argued Comey's handling of the probe cost Clinton the election.

Wonder Woman Sequel Gets Title, Shocking First Look
He posted the first teaser of the film: just a still image, text on a black ground, saying only " WW84 ". Jenkins shared a first look at the star from the sequel, which will hit theaters on November 1, 2019.

Salman Khan’s Eid release ‘Race 3’ enters 100 crore club
Race 3 will cross the Rs 200 crore mark today at the ticket windows. ( Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Sultan, Tiger Zinda Hai ). Collecting Rs 39.16 crore on Sunday, the total domestic collection for Race 3 first weekend went to Rs 106 crore .

Moscow: At least 7 pedestrians injured by taxi near Red Square
The Mexican embassy in Moscow said two Mexican women, visiting the city for the World Cup , had been lightly injured by the taxi. The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 metres from Red Square and Moscow's famous Gum shopping arcade.

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics
It also calls him "insubordinate" for not alerting then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch to his plans to say publicly that Clinton would not be charged in the case.