Serbia Surprise: Eagles have early advantage in group play

Danny Woods
June 20, 2018

Serbia got off to the flawless start in their Group E World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica today in a game that saw an excellent Nemanja Matić performance.

However, he was helpless from keeping out Kolarov's free kick, which was awarded after Guzman fouled Mitrovic at the edge of the box.

"Qualifying for Russian Federation was a great success, we are here on merit, but we are not going to be satisfied merely by being here, we want to go a step further".

The Costa Rica Beer Factory, in Barrio Escalante, in San Jose, is offering its patrons 10 mattresses and a 76′ screen (and three smaller ones) to watch the game in a bed. He kept three clean sheets in five matches in that tournament (which ended against the Netherlands, who served them a taste of their own medicine on penalties) and earned him a move to Real Madrid, where he has been number one ever since.

Both the teams have well trained in their recent friendly matches.

Your attention squads of Costa Rica and Serbia for the 2018 world Cup, and for a complete schedule and standings of the Federation Internationale de Football Association world Cup in Russia. Costa Rica on the other hand enter this year's tournament as underdogs very similar to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Tiny Iceland's run to the quarters at Euro 2016 was the latest example of how caution has become the most reliable means of over-achieving and Costa Rica are seemingly designed according to that blueprint.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin previous year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic.

The margin of victory would have been greater had Navas not narrowed the angle to deny Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic after he had been sent clear by the impressive Sergej Milinkovic-Savic earlier in the game.

Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic's mark.

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumours have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old midfielder. "We know that it will be hard because we have to face Brazil and Switzerland".

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