Costa Rica vs. Serbia - Football Match Report

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A brilliant free kick by Aleksandar Kolarov sealed victory for Serbia in their opening game of the World Cup Finals against Costa Rica in Group E on Sunday (June 17).

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Towards the end of the match, a tussle between Man United star Nemanja Matic and Costa Rica's coach Luis Marin triggered a huge bust-up between players from both sides.

Branislav Ivanovic's cross was knocked out of the box by Navas three minutes later.

Head coach Oscar Ramirez has come under fire over his use of negative tactics in the opening game, but Campbell thinks his side are still in with a shout to get out of the group, despite the difficulty of the upcoming matches.

"Regarding Switzerland, we have analysed all three opponents and how they have played over the past few months", Krstajic said.

He was a constant threat and the clear focal point of Costa Rica's defensive efforts.

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Aleksandar Kolarov struck a wonderful free-kick to win all three points for Serbia Credit REUTERS

Krstajic, a former Serbian worldwide defender, has called on plenty of experience, though, with former Chelsea centre-back Branislav Ivanovic, Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic all starting.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose non-selection during qualifying led to Slavo Muslin's sacking as Serbia coach, nearly broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, but his overhead kick was well kept out by Real Madrid 'keeper Keylor Navas in the Costa Rica goal.

The former Chelsea defender made his 104th global appearance, surpassing the previous record of 103 which he held jointly with former midfielder Dejan Stankovic.

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

In Serbian national team football values, of course, more.

"We know it is going to be hard because we have to face Brazil and Switzerland, and this would have been a good opportunity to have a buffer ahead of those games".

The free-kick was the third scored from direct free kicks scored this season, already as many scored in the whole of 2014 World Cup.

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