Costa Rica vs Serbia a Tricky Match to Call

Costa Rica vs Serbia a Tricky Match to Call

Former Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov gave Serbia a narrow 1-0 win over Costa Rica in the opening fixture of Group E on Sunday at the Samara Arena in the ongoing 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Costa Rica returns to the world stage on Sunday, opening their 2018 World Cup campaign against Serbia on Sunday, looking for another strong run after pulling off the unthinkable to reach the quarter-finals in 2014 in Brazil.

Four years ago, Costa Rica were the Cinderella story of the tournament because they could handle a variety of opponents and were able to change their approach on the fly.

"It's especially important that we have three points in the bag", Kolarov said.

Scoring chances were tough to come by in Sunday morning's soccer game between Costa Rica and Serbia, but the one that resulted in a goal was an absolute gem. Marco Urena also had an opportunity to put Costa Rica on the board, but his attempt was saved by Vladimir Stojkovic.

Brazil sit second in the world rankings, with Switzerland, the fourth team in Group E, are ranked sixth.

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.

Costa Rica's defender Francisco Calvo (left) vies for the ball with Serbia's midfielder Luka Milivojevic during their 2018 World Cup Group E match at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 17, 2018.

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

"They [Serbia] are one of the greatest teams, they work intensely, and we are ready to cope with this challenge", Gonzalez said. Indeed, only Germany's Joshua Kimmich (nine) weighed in with more assists than Tadic (seven) in the World Cup qualifying rounds, and is available at 13/5 to score anytime with Betfair.

See how to watch and follow live updates from the game here. "We know the eyes of the world are on us".

But the 31-year-old was surprised when he was told he would likely miss out on watching Serbia if they make a surprise appearance in the World Cup final.

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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