Serbia's players celebrate their victory in the Russia 2018 World Cup Group E football match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 17, 2018. / AFP / EMMANUEL DUNAND /
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Aleksandar Kolarov's brilliant second-half free-kick gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in their opening World Cup group match in Samara Sunday.Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, whose non-selection during qualifying led to Slavo Muslin's sacking as Serbia coach, almost broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, but his overhead kick was well kept out by Real Madrid 'keeper Keylor Navas in the Costa Rica goal.Serbia did take the lead in the 56th minute, though, and in fine style. Campbell's speed almost got him in behind the Serbia defense just seconds after coming on, but it was Serbia who blew a gilt-edged chance to score a second.
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