Serbia's skipper given gift for World Cup goal

FIFA World Cup 2018: Branislav Ivanovic becomes Serbia's most capped player in Costa Rica match

FIFA World Cup 2018: Branislav Ivanovic becomes Serbia's most capped player in Costa Rica match

Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury.

"It's especially important that we have three points in the bag", Kolarov said.

Costa Rica have stuck with the spine of the team who reached the quarter-finals four years ago, with Real Madrid's Keylor Navas in goal, Deportivo La Coruna's Celso Borges in midfield and captain Bryan Ruiz as their main creative influence. Let's see what the game brings.

Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic's mark.

Serbia were nearly punished for their lack of penetration when Francisco Calvo dragged a strike wide as Costa Rica enjoyed a short spell of possession just before the break. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.

The Costa Rican bench were not impressed with the Serbian's vigorous efforts on the sideline.


The 34-year-old made his debut back in 2005 and this year's World Cup is only the second major global tournament Ivanovic has played in. Video replay was also used late in the match to determine if Aleksandar Prijovic should be given a red card.

It was nothing less than Serbia deserved for a dominant display, although the best chance of the first half went to Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez, who headed over from point-blank range.

Serbia, under the tutelage of Mladen Krstajic for the first time in a competitive match, controlled much of Sunday's clash at Samara Arena, but could not find a way through Costa Rica's stubborn rearguard until Kolarov stepped just before the hour.

Mitrovic should have broken the deadlock five minutes after the restart when Sergej Milinkovic-Savic played him in with lifted pass, but the striker was unable to beat Navas from 10 yards out.

Costa Rica defender Johnny Acosta was dazed after being caught by an accidental elbow from Dusko Tosic, but both were able to continue before, with the first half approaching its final five minutes, Urena blasted over from the edge of the box.

Ramirez did his best to raise the spirits of the Ticos following the match, but he was also realistic. "I told the lads in the changing room "This isn't over". "We know that it will be hard because we have to face Brazil and Switzerland".

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