On the 4th day of FIFA World Cup 2018, Costa Rica face Serbia at Cosmos Arena (Samara). Both the teams have some exciting players to watch and a brilliant display of football is expected from both the sides. World class players like Nemanja Matic, Milikovic Savic, Keylor Navas, Alexander Kolarov and others guarantee a spectacle as both the sides clash to bag the much needed winning points in their World Cup opener.
LIVE COVERAGE Costa Rica vs Serbia:
# Catch all the live action from Germany vs Mexico here: FIFA World Cup 2018 Live Score, Germany vs Mexico: Defending champions start their journey
Aleksandar Kolarov #SRBJune 17, 2018
# The referee blows the full time whistle! Serbia 1-0 Costa Rica | Full time!
# 90+5' The booking goes to Aleksandar Prijovic (Serbia).
# 90+5' Flag goes up against Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) and the referee blows his whistle for offside.
# 90+3' The corner kick from Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) is headed out of the penalty area by one of the defenders.
# 90+3' The referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick to Costa Rica. The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica).
# 90+1' Cristian Gamboa (Costa Rica) gets to the rebound outside the penalty box and unleashes a low shot from long range towards the middle of the net, but Vladimir Stojkovic makes a comfortable save to stop the effort.
# 5 minutes of added time!
# 90' CHANCE! Filip Kostic (Serbia) gets the ball and drives a shot high over the bar from the edge of the area.
# 89' Mladen Krstajic decides to make a substitution. Aleksandar Mitrovic will be replaced by Aleksandar Prijovic (Serbia).
# 85' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) is caught offside!
# Costa Rica are having more of the ball now, with Serbia defending a bit deep!
# 82' Antonio Rukavina (Serbia) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dusan Tadic.
# 78' Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) collects a pass from the flank, looks up and fires in a goal-bound shot from the edge of the box which canons off a defender to safety.
# 77' Nemanja Matic (Serbia) gets to the rebound just outside the box, but his attempt is blocked by one of the defending players.
# 77' A pass from Dusan Tadic (Serbia) is intercepted by Keylor Navas and the move breaks down.
# 75' Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia) makes a yard for himself and goes for goal from long range. It never troubles the goalkeeper as it flies well wide of the right post.
# 73' The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Daniel Colindres (Costa Rica) comes onto the pitch for David Alberto Guzman Perez.
# 73' Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) sends a wonderful cross from the corner kick. However, the defence works perfectly to clear the ball and avert the threat.
# 72' The ball is cleared after Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) attempted to dribble past an opposing player. The linesman makes the right call and Costa Rica will have a corner.
# 72' The free kick is delivered by Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) but it's not one of his best and is easily cleared.
# 71' Nikola Milenkovic (Serbia) is penalised for holding. Malang Diedhiou signals a set piece. Free kick. Costa Rica will probably just try to cross the ball in from here.
# 68' Mladen Krstajic prepares a substitution. Adem Ljajic is replaced by Filip Kostic (Serbia).
# 67' The referee signals that it is time for a substitution and Joel Campbell (Costa Rica) is coming onto the pitch as Marcos Urena cannot continue after picking up an injury.
# 66' Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia) climbs high to connect with a cross near the penalty spot but plants a header well wide of the left post.
# 65' Geancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) makes a reckless foul in order to win the ball from his opponent. Malang Diedhiou has a clear sight of it and blows his whistle.
3 - Aleksandar Kolarov's goal was the third scored from a direct free-kick in the 2018 World Cup, already as many as the entirety of the 2014 tournament. Whip. #WorldCup #CRCSRB #SRB pic.twitter.com/dXn5bLJjVd— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 17, 2018
# 60' The free kick is taken by Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica), but ball is cleared.
# 59' The substitution is prepared. Christian Bolanos (Costa Rica) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Johan Venegas.
# 59' Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) is booked after bringing down an opponent. Malang Diedhiou had an easy-decision to make. A free kick has been awarded to Costa Rica.
# 55' GOAL! Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) scores a beautiful goal from the resulting free kick. He bends the ball into the top right corner. A technically stunning goal.
# 54' Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) produces a quality cross into the box, but the opposition's defence intercepts the ball and spanks it away. The referee points to the corner flag and Serbia will take a corner.
# 51' Adem Ljajic (Serbia) swings in the corner, but fails to find any of his teammates. One of the defenders reacts superbly to get it clear.
# 50' CHANCE! Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) had time and space inside the box after picking up a neat pass, but his shot low towards the middle of the goal was comfortably saved by Keylor Navas. The ball is out of play and Serbia manage to earn a corner.
# Second half begins!
# The first half of today's match has just finished. Great game of football, both the teams have showed great tactical awareness! Join us soon for the second half!
# 2 additional minutes will be played.
# 43' Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia) is offside and the linesman raises his flag, a stunning bicycle kick effort though!
# 42" Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica) shows off his skills with a mazy run to the edge of the box and then fires in a disappointing shot that goes well wide of the left post.
# 40' David Alberto Guzman Perez (Costa Rica) takes the corner kick and sends the ball among a huddle of players inside the penalty area, but one of the defenders clears it to safety.
# 40' One of the defenders reacts at the last minute to brilliantly block a pass from Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica). The referee blows his whistle, Costa Rica are awarded a corner kick.
# 38' CHANCE! That's a well-taken pass by Marcos Urena (Costa Rica). He unleashes a strike from the edge of the box, but blazes it high over the bar.
# 38' Johnny Acosta (Costa Rica) is moving okay again after that injury scare.
# 37' Johnny Acosta (Costa Rica) requires medical treatment, so the referee stops play and signals for the physio to come onto the pitch.
# 36' Dusko Tosic (Serbia) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.
# 35' Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) attempts to find one of his teammates with a ball from a free kick outside the box. The goalkeeper climbs high above all the players in the box to intercept the cross and snuff out the opportunity.
# 35' Malang Diedhiou interrupts the game for a tactical foul by Johan Venegas (Costa Rica). Serbia will take a free kick near the side line.
# 30' Serbia are dominating the midfield with Dusan Tadic also cutting in to join the party!
# 26' CHANCE! Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Serbia) anticipates the lofted pass and races into the box with just the keeper to beat. He shoots early low towards the middle of the goal, but Keylor Navas pulls off a great save to deny him.
# Serbia have started to enjoy more of the possession!
# 20' Francisco Calvo (Costa Rica) has tested the patience of referee Malang Diedhiou and goes into the book for a previous late challenge.
# 18' Dusan Tadic (Serbia) puts a cross into the box from the free kick, but the defender gets there first.
Congrats, Branislav Ivanovic!June 17, 2018
# 15" A pass from Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) is intercepted by Keylor Navas and the move breaks down.
# 13' CHANCE! Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) connected with a pass around the edge of the box, aimed and shot. His attempt went towards the middle of the target, but Keylor Navas was alert and the score remains the same.
# 12' Geancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) misses a good chance to score. A perfect cross into the box finds Geancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) who rises for a header, but he sends the ball well over the bar.
# 11' Johan Venegas (Costa Rica) looks to break free, but an opposing player clears the ball away. Costa Rica have been awarded a corner kick.
We're under way in Samara!June 17, 2018
# 5' Adem Ljajic (Serbia) takes the corner, but he overhits it and none of his teammates are able to reach the ball.
# 5' Dusan Tadic (Serbia) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball is out of play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Serbia.
# 4' Geancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica) attempts to score as he rises near the penalty spot and heads the ball to the middle of the goal. Vladimir Stojkovic pulls off a comfortable save to stop the ball from hitting the net.
# 4' The corner from David Alberto Guzman Perez (Costa Rica) is hurriedly cleared.
# 3' Marcos Urena (Costa Rica) latches on to a precise pass and one-on-one with the keeper slams the ball towards the middle of the goal. Vladimir Stojkovic is alert, though, and makes an easy save to deny him. The ball goes out for a corner. Costa Rica can continue in their attacking effort.
# 2' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Serbia) gets himself onto the end of the corner, but his header is blocked.
# 1' Adem Ljajic (Serbia) will deliver the corner kick.
# 1' A lofted cross from Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia) is unsuccessful as the opponent's defence quickly clears the ball out of the penalty area. Serbia will take a corner kick.
# KICK OFF!
# Today's referee will be Malang Diedhiou.
10 minutes to go until #CRCSRB!
ICYMI - here are the Starting XIs 👇— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018
Who's ready for the first match of the day?June 17, 2018
#CRC are here!June 17, 2018
#SRB are here!June 17, 2018
🇨🇷 v 🇷🇸
🇩🇪 v 🇲🇽
🇧🇷 v 🇨🇭
🤔 Which game on Matchday 4 are you most looking forward to? pic.twitter.com/ML4k9d2VlT— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018
Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 4 of FIFA's showpiece event continue as first game of the day is between Costa Rica and Serbia as both teams clash for the ultimate prize in football!