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Serbia's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave an absolute masterclass against Costa Rica in his country's opening World Cup 2018 game. A draw is estimated at 3.3.

"The World Cup won't change my life, I don't come here to show myself", Campbell said in Samara.

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. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn't reach it. We tried to execute our plan but they managed to score on a set piece.

"As individual athletes we miss that feeling of being in a team".

Branislav Ivanovic became Serbia's most capped player after he was named in the side for their World Cup Group E opener against Costa Rica at the Samara Arena on Sunday.

"Over the past several months, we've analyzed all three opponents", Krstajic said.

While Serie A was undoubtedly one of the most exciting leagues in Europe last season, with its tense race for the title and top four, it unfortunately does not have the audience of some of the continents' bigger leagues.

"The team's mix of aggressiveness and creativity in midfield was the driving force of the win", Nikcevic says. "Let's see what the play brings". "There isn't time to celebrate or to mourn".

Despite Costa Rican pressure in the final stages, Serbia held on to claim three huge points with a 1-0 win. The lineups of both the teams will be announced much before the match starts.

Aleksandar Prijovic was then booked after catching Johnny Acosta in the face with his hand following another look at replays. He was given a yellow.

The Ticos were the surprise of the last World Cup, sweeping through to the quarterfinals in Brazil before being ousted by the Netherlands on penalties. It was the furthest the small Central American nation had advanced in soccer's premier tournament.

"We have lost two friendlies [to England and Belgium], no one likes to lose, but it was just a preparation. for the World Cup".

The wall of noise and colour from outside the ground was soon transported indoors, where the nearby Costa Rica fans in particular made it hard to hold a conversation with a colleague sat three yards away.

  • Marlene Weaver