Full Time: Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia
Date: 17 June 2018
Venue: Samara Arena
A second-half goal from captain Aleksander Kolarov handed Serbia a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a 2018 FIFA World Cup, Group E match at the Samara Arena on Sunday.
Costa Rica started positively with Bryan Ruiz slipping Marcos Urena through on goal in the second minute, but he failed to beat the keeper in a one-on-one.
Serbia had their first attempt on goal in the seventh minute as Kolarov fired a powerful long-range effort inches wide.
The South Americans should really have scored five minutes later when Giancarlo Gonzalez met a corner-kick at the back post, but under no pressure he headed over the target from six-yards out.
On the half hour mark Sergej Milinkovic-Savic had a great chance to find the back of the net when he got in behind the Costa Rica defence, but he shot straight at the keeper from ten-yards out.
Costa Rica had the last say of the half when some great footwork from Francisco Calvo saw him beat two defenders before firing a shot from the edge of the box narrowly wide of the left-post.
The first half ended goalless.
Five minutes into the second half Aleksander Mitrovic had a golden opportunity to score when he broke into the box and was left with only the keeper to beat, but Keylor Navas pulled off a great stop to deny him.
In the 57th minute Serbia finally broke the deadlock when Kolarove curled a 24-yard free-kick into the top corner of the net, 1-0.
Costa Rica tried to find their way back into the match, but their passing in the final third let them down as they were unable to really create any decent scoring chances.
Instead, came close to a second goal at the other end of the park in the 75th minute when Milinkovic-Savic sent a thunderous 25-yard effort just over the crossbar.
Costa Rica threw players forward in the final ten minutes of the match, but the Serbian defence stood firm to pick up the full three points.