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Serbia Just About Beat Costa Rica Thanks to Solitary Goal By Alexander Kolarov

Serbia started their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with a win over Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon. A competitive game where Serbia had more of the ball and created more clear cut chances than Costa Rica. However it took 57 minutes to take the lead through former City player Aleksandar Kolarov.

Match Highlights:

Serbia are set to take on Costa Rica in their first World Cup game in Group E match on Sunday, 17th June 2018 at the Samara Arena and Samara. This will be must win game for both sides considering Brazil and Switzerland are the other two teams. The winning team in the opening game can really take huge stride towards qualification to next round as they would need just 1 more win to ensure their passage to round of 16 while losing side will have to win both of their remaining games.

Serbia vs Costa Rica Match Preview: Serbia are a very solid team, at least on paper and they have some quality players in the middle of the park with the likes of Matic and Milinkovic-Savic to pull the strings from midfield while in Aleksandar Mitrovic and Adem Ljajic they have proper goal threat going forward. A very experience back four with the likes of seasoned veterans in Aleksandar Kolarov, Branislav Ivanovic, Matija Nastasic and Milos Veljkovic.

Costa Rica on the other hand lack cutting edge which was so evident in their two friendly games against England and Belgium. They will have to rely on Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell upfront who do complement each other well but they are not known for prolific scoring rates. Their defense and midfield lacks presence and that is where Serbia are likely to hurt them although they do have 3 time champions league winner Keylor Navas in goal.

This is how I expect them to lineup on Sunday afternoon in Samara.

Match Predictions: Its hard to see Costa Rica getting anything out of this match against a very solid looking Serbia side who can go far in this tournament. However, so far this World Cup has produced quite a few results people thought would go otherway around. But considering all things, I am going for a comfortable win in this one for Serbia also I have them favourites alongside Brazil to qualify from this group.

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