Who will win today’s Costa Rica vs Serbia match?

Who will win today’s Costa Rica vs Serbia match?

Who will win today’s Costa Rica vs Serbia match?

Mitrović is taking part in his first ever World Cup and will be eager to open his account with a goal against Costa Rica.

Costa Rica tried to find their way back into the match, but their passing in the final third let them down as they were unable to really create any decent scoring chances.

Krstajic, a former Serbian global defender, has called on plenty of experience, though, with former Chelsea centre-back Branislav Ivanovic, Roma defender Aleksandar Kolarov and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic all starting. Costa Rica are looking a much better team going forward but they are yet to get the opener at the Samara Arena.

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas did all he could to keep Serbia off the board. Serbia, on the other hand, have one of the tallest teams in the competition and a midfield full of brilliant superstars such as Dusan Tadic, Nemanja Matic, Adem Ljajic and the mercurial Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. Costa Rica, who made it to the top 16 a year ago, edging past Italy and England from their group, will hope to have a repeat of a history and get off to a solid start once again.

"The Serbians did their homework very well", Costa Rica coach Oscar Ramirez said.

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Brazil are overwhelming favourites to top Group E, which also includes Switzerland, so a dogfight is likely to ensue to follow them into the knockouts - and defeat would leave the losers in a precarious position.

"I'm happy with the way we played, but we have to keep our feet on the ground", said Krstajic, who only took charge last October.

Kolarov's left-footed strike in the 56th minute against Costa Rica was one of three free kicks for goals at this World Cup - already more than the entire tournament in Brazil. "I'm ready to play in the World Cup".

However, it would be unwise to completely write off their opponents here, considering that boss Mladen Krstajic is a complete novice and given Costa Rica's performance in Brazil during the 2014 World Cup.

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic..

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