Branislav Ivanovic becomes Serbia's most capped player in Costa Rica match

Serbia got off to the ideal start in their Group E World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica today in a game that saw an excellent Nemanja Matić performance.

"There was pressure on the players, I too felt the pressure, it was my competition debut at the head of the national team, but I like to take responsibility".

"I don't want to do the maths for now, if we draw it would not work, we want to win of course".

Urena wasted another chance as he fired over when well placed, while Sergej Milinkovic-Savic's overhead kick was saved by Navas. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.

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The referee went to the Video Assistant Referee to check for any red card offences, but deemed no further action was needed.

Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin previous year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russian Federation by Krstajic.

The former Chelsea player was tied with ex-midfielder Dejan Stankovic on 103 caps prior to the game, although Stankovic earned his caps under the various names of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montengro and finally Serbia, as the country became independent. He was rightly identified by Oscar Ramirez's side as the man who needed to be systematically fouled.

David Guzman made way for Daniel Colindres fo Costa Rica before Tadic produced an excellent cross for substitute Kostic, who was unable to get a telling touch as Serbia threatened to seal the points.

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And the 44-year-old could not have dreamed for a better start as his side beat Costa Rica 1-0 in what may prove to be an important match in Group E, with many expecting Brazil to win the group and the other three (Serbia, Costa Rica and Switzerland) playing for second place.

The veteran left-back drilled a beaut of a freekick past Keylor Navas ten minutes into the second half, which he dispatched with that characteristic flat trajectory of his...

Now with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic.. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic's bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside. "We know that it will be hard because we have to face Brazil and Switzerland".

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