Costa Rica Vs. Serbia: Dramatic Free Kick Powers Serbia To World Cup Win

Scoring chances were tough to come by in Sunday morning’s soccer game between Costa Rica and Serbia, but the one that resulted in a goal was an absolute gem.

Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick goal in the second half propelled Serbia to a 1-0 victory in its 2018 FIFA World Cup Group E opener.

It was a tough result for Los Ticos, who probably deserved a better fate. Still, they had a chance to take the lead early in the game.

One of the best opportunities of the game occurred when Serbia’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic attempted a bicycle kick near the end of the first half. The goal wouldn’t have counted, as Milinkovic-Savic was offside, but it was a beautiful effort nonetheless.

Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas did all he could to keep Serbia off the board.

But just over 10 minutes into the second half, Aleksandar Kolarov finally broke through.

What a finish.

Here’s Costa Rica vs. Serbia by the numbers:

Costa Rica now faces a steep mountain to climb if it wants to advance out of the group stage, while Serbia took a giant step toward clinching a spot in the Round of 16.

Man of the match: Kolarov, whose amazing free kick was the difference.

Next up: Both teams will be back in action Friday, with Costa Rica set to play Brazil and Serbia scheduled to take on Switzerland.

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