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Milivojevic's Serbia Start Off With A Victory

17 June 2018

Luka Milivojevic's first appearance in the 2018 World Cup saw Serbia beat Costa Rica in their opening Group E match on Sunday afternoon.

The contest was decided by a brilliant Aleksandar Kolarov second half free kick and Mladen Krstajic's side finished comfortable winners with the opponents unable to force their way back in the game.

The Serbia side had the better of the exchanges in a tight and evenly-contested opening forty five but it was Costa Rica who had the best opportunity of the half as centre-back Giancarlo Gonzalez headed over the bar from close range.

Milivojevic's side nearly opened the scoring five minutes after the break, only for Aleksandar Mitrovic not to take advantage of the chance after being put through on goal by a perfect pass from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

It was not long though before Kolarov broke the deadlock when he struck a sensational 30-yard free kick from an acute angle past a helpless Navas as the Roma left back decided the outcome with the third successful direct free kick in this tournament to date.

Serbia had further chances to extend their lead only for substitute Filip Kostic and Mitrovic both failing to take opportunities that came their way but ended up as winners courtesy of that fine strike. 

Milivojevic got a great reception from the Serbia fans in the stadium after his stand out performance and one of the fans left with his match shirt as he thanked them for their support and threw his top into the crowd.  

Serbia head the table after the first round of games and face Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday. 


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