Who will win today’s Costa Rica vs Serbia match?

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is ready for the challenge against Serbia in the Samara Arena in Samara

Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas is ready for the challenge against Serbia in the Samara Arena in Samara

Serbia had dominated against a Costa Rica side who had rarely threatened after a bright start, but chances were thin on the ground until Kolarov made the breakthrough in the 56th minute. The bar says it still has openings for the June 22 game against Brazil. The free kick came after a yellow card on Costa Rica's David Guzman.

"To score, I had it in a corner of my mind, but I especially wanted us to play as a team", said Kolarov.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Costa Rica vs Serbia will kick off at 5:30 pm IST on Saturday.

Playing at the tournament for the first time, the Sunderland defender is expected to start for Óscar Ramírez's side at the Samara Arena.

It was a close match from the outset with both teams trying to find the back of the goal.

Costa Rica will be without Ronald Matarrita for the entire competition after the defender picked up a serious hamstring injury during training.

With Costa Rica proving a tough nut to crack, Kolarov stepped up to bury a 25-metre effort from wide on the right, lighting up an otherwise tight game in the southern Russian city of Samara.

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Despite being highly rated after helping Serbia to win the under-20s World Cup in 2015, Milinkovic-Savic only has four caps due to failing to impress former coach Slavoljub Muslin, who lost his job partly because he didn't make the most of the midfielder.

"We didn't qualify for last World Cup and the last two Euros, so we didn't get a chance to enjoy these matches for a long time".

However, back in 2014, Costa Rica managed to top the Group consisting of England, Italy and Uruguay so its highly improbable that the opposing teams will take Costa Rica lightly this year. In 2015, Serbia were proclaimed Under-20 world champions and Milinkovic-Savic was awarded the Bronze Ball.

"There was pressure on the players, I too felt the pressure, it was my competition debut at the head of the national team, but I like to take responsibility".

With five minutes of the second half gone, only a good save by Navas prevented Mitrovic from opening the scoring after a clipped pass from Milinkovic-Savic, although the striker should have done better.

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumours have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old midfielder.

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