Aleksandar Kolarov scores stunning free-kick against Costa Rica

Posted June 21, 2018

Kolarov's goal, which curled over the wall in the 56th minute, gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at Samara Stadium in the team's opening match in Russian Federation.

The Eagles defeated Costa Rica 1-0 in their World Cup opener Sunday, secured by Aleksandar Kolarov's curling free kick that got past veteran goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

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.

They famously reached the quarter-finals four years ago, although Oviedo missed out due to a long-term injury, after topping a group that included England, Italy and Uruguay.

The win was only Serbia's second victory in the World Cup finals since they competed as an independent nation, their other was a 1-0 win over Germany in 2010.

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

The 23-year-old midfielder was the standout player in his side's 1-0 victory and he proved his worth on the field after a stunning debut performance in Russian Federation.

Serbia is to compete in Group E along with Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

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.

Bookmakers unanimously considered the favorite in this match, the Serbian team.

The goal also represented a new record in this World Cup.

"The match against Switzerland is going to be the most hard one", he said. "We should have capitalised on our opportunities like they did. I don't want to do the maths yet", Kolarov said.

"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".

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Meanwhile, Costa Rica boss Óscar Ramírez spoke defiantly after his sides loss, claiming that the World Cup is far from over for his side despite the defeat.

Milinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn't score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia.