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Captain Kolarov strikes as Serbia beat Costa Rica

  • Published at 02:04 pm June 17th, 2018
  • Last updated at 02:06 pm June 17th, 2018
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Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov scores their first goal from a free kick during their Fifa World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica at the Samara Arena, Samara on Sunday Reuters

A curling free kick from captain Aleksandar Kolarov in the 56th minute secured a 1-0 victory for Serbia over Costa Rica in the opening World Cup Group E match in the Samara Arena on Sunday.

The defender struck the ball over the wall with his left foot and into the top right corner of the net past an outstreched Keylor Navas to break the stalemate after an evenly-matched first half.

Costa Rica, who reached the quarter-finals in 2014, struggled to make chances for an equaliser as Serbia shut down their forays and came close to scoring again several times.

Five-times world champions Brazil take on Switzerland in the second Group E match later on Sunday.

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