Serbia captain dedicates World Cup goal to ailing official

Serbia captain dedicates World Cup goal to ailing official

Serbia captain dedicates World Cup goal to ailing official

"Qualifying for Russian Federation was a great success, we are here on merit, but we are not going to be satisfied merely by being here, we want to go a step further".

"We have an advantage but I do not want to do the maths yet". The 31-year old keeper was part of the side that reached the quarters in 2014, and his experience is going to be vital if Los Tocos are to come away with a positive result.

Kolarov downplayed the defeats suffered by Costa Rica in the pre-World Cup friendlies against England and Belgium.

The coach also suggested the team spirit in the Serbian camp had been different than in recent years. The owners said they will be preparing the place early Sunday morning for people to enjoy the game with all the comfort, even in pajamas if they so choose.

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.

That took the sting from a lot of Costa Rica's play and Arsenal's Joel Campbell was sent on to enliven their attack.

Serbia will next face Switzerland on Friday, while Costa Rica will face Brazil on the same day. "The match against Switzerland is going to be the most hard one". "I'm ready to play in the World Cup".

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Branislav Ivanovic's cross was knocked out of the box by Navas three minutes later.

Digital news site CRHoy.com wrote that "Serbia turned off the Tico illusion at the World Cup with a goal", stating that Aleksandar Kolarov's 56th minute strike had left Costa Rica "on the ropes". "Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup".

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

Instead, came close to a second goal at the other end of the park in the 75 minute when Milinkovic-Savic sent a thunderous 25-yard effort just over the crossbar.

Ramirez did his best to raise the spirits of the Ticos following the match, but he was also realistic.

Costa Rica has only been able to grab two wins in their last 10 encounters and have not having the best time in the previous games.

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