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Costa Rica v Serbia, 17 June 2018

Costa Rica v Serbia, 17 June 2018

Serbia got off to the ideal start in their Group E World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica today in a game that saw an excellent Nemanja Matić performance.

The program of competitions in group E opened the match in Samara between one of the strongest teams selection in North and Central America Costa Rica (players with "rich coast" has left behind the 2018 world Cup strong team USA) and victor of one of the European groups with Serbian team ahead in qualifying for Wales with Bale and Austria with Alabi and Dragovic.

After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena.

In Brazil, they conceded a meagre two goals in five games, beating Italy and Uruguay to top a group that also included England, before eventually falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the last eight.

"It's very important that we have these three points in the bag, but it's not over, Switzerland will be the hardest match".

Djokovic is an avid fan of the Serbian national team, which kicked off its World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in Russian Federation on Sunday. Costa Rica had a few chances at the goal but failed to convert them.

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Fresh from helping Fulham gain promotion to the Premier League, striker Aleksandar Mitrović is set to lead the line against Costa Rica. But there were signs that this team wasn't quite as strong as that one: Costa Rica lost a pair of friendly matches heading into the tournament, including a 4-1 loss to Belgium.

The coach also suggested the team spirit in the Serbian camp had been different than in recent years. Kolarov capitalized on the opportunity, curling the free kick past Navas' reach.

We have been treated quite well in the early stages of this World Cup.

"I do not see inordinate pressure on them, even through many people want to (put pressure on them) but they know what to do and are fully focused".

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

The Costa Rica Beer Factory, in Barrio Escalante, in San Jose, is offering its patrons 10 mattresses and a 76′ screen (and three smaller ones) to watch the game in a bed.


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