This is why Nemanja Matic had a tussle with Costa Rica coach

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2018

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.

"To score, I had it in a corner of my mind, but I especially wanted us to play as a team", said Kolarov.

The former Chelsea defender made his 104th global appearance, surpassing the previous record of 103 by former midfielder Dejan Stankovic. "Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup".

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

Costa Rica started brightly, with Vladimir Stojkovic diving to save at the feet of Marcos Urena, before Giancarlo Gonzalez headed straight at the Serbia goalkeeper.

Oscar Ramirez introduced Arsenal's Joel Campbell as Costa Rica chased an equaliser, and the forward had appeals for a penalty waved away when he went down under pressure from Dusko Tosic.

After Costa Rica midfielder David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov stepped up and curled his shot over the wall and into the net in the 56th minute.

Gonzalez spurned another gilt-edged chance 10 minutes later, the Bologna defender heading over despite been unmarked at the back post.

The Roma left-back, captaining his country in the World Cup, whipped a flawless strike into the top corner ten minutes into the second half, giving Manchester City fans a trip down memory lane.

Serbia will be looking to grab 3 points in their opening encounter against Costa Rica today.

The Serbian defender stressed that his Serbian Eagles team respected Costa Rica as Los Ticos reached the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, yet Kolarov expressed his confidence that Serbia would play well in Sunday's opener.

Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov had a good day in Samara: he scored a magnificent World Cup goal and was presented with a Lada by the governor.

Dusan Tadic's low cross picked out Filip Kostic, but the substitute miskicked in front of an open goal, perhaps due to a slight touch on the ball by Navas.

The final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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