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World Cup match report Costa Rica v Serbia 17 June 2018

20 June 2018

World Cup - Follow the Football match between Costa Rica and Serbia live with Eurosport.

It's a daunting enough task playing or managing at the World Cup with eyes from around the globe on you, but Serbia manager Mladen Krstajić would have had extra reason for being nervous.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin a year ago, put together a veteran defence with Kolarov and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Find out by following our live matchcast.

"The next rivals are Brazil and Switzerland, more powerful players than the Serbs", it said.

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Costa Rica's player to watch is Keylor Navas in goal.

The Serbia captain's left-footed strike proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday at the World Cup. It's a World Cup, here there are the best national teams around the world and we are one of them.

In a Group E curtain-jerker that was a little short on quality, it took a moment of brilliance from Aleksandar Kolvarov to snatch the win for Serbia against Costa Rica.

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The remaining two games for Los Ticos in Group E involve five-time world champions Brazil and a solid Switzerland side, but Ramirez is not feeling too downtrodden. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russian Federation by Krstajic.

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.

We know Serbia press a lot in the first 20 minutes - we need to be able to handle this.

Line-up: Vladimir Stojkovic, Branislav Ivanovic, Nikola Milenkovic, Dusko Tosic, Aleksandar Kolarov, Nemanja Matic, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Dusan Tadic, Adam Ljajic, Filip Kostic and Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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The Lazio midfielder was enjoying a spectacular season with the Serie A team, scoring 12 goals and giving three assists, yet he was snubbed despite his performances interesting big clubs such as Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.

World Cup match report Costa Rica v Serbia 17 June 2018