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A superb second-half free kick from Aleksandar Kolarov was enough to give Serbia a 1-0 win over Costa Rica in a scrappy match at the Samara Arena.

Newcastle United striker Mitrovic will be looking to add to the 12 goals he scored on loan at Fulham last season, while Matic will be key in midfield alongside Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.

With Brazil heavy favourites to win the group, which also features Switzerland, the victory delivered a potentially vital three points for Serbia and left Costa Rica in a precarious position.

Playing his 104th game for Serbia, becoming the nation's most capped player in history overtaking Dejan Stankovic (including those who played for both Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro, the teams recognised by Federation Internationale de Football Association as the official predecessor teams of Serbia), the right-back was a force down his flank giving Francisco Calvo a tough afternoon.

Thankfully, both of those goals now have company after Serbia's Aleksandar Kolarov rifled in an absolute stunner for his country against Costa Rica.

Costa Rica's Giancarlo Gonzalez, right, vies for the ball with Serbia's Dusko Tosic during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia.

Serbia starts with win over Costa Rica after stunning freekick goal.

He has become the third player to score a free-kick in the World Cup thus far, following on from Aleksandr Golovin and Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent efforts.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic promised he would be at the World Cup this summer and despite not being selected for the Sweden squad, he has made his first appearance.

The Eagles were presented with another opening soon after as Mitrovic's deflected strike from inside the box was comfortably gathered by Keylor Navas, before a quiet spell ensued.

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.

Despite being flagged for offside it was Milinkovic-Savic who produced the moment of the first half when he directed an overhead kick goalwards.

Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury.



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