Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov announced his arrival at the World Cup with a terrific free kick goal against Costa Rica on Sunday.
The Roma left-back is notoriously strong at set-pieces, and a brilliant strike early in the second half was enough to break the deadlock in what had been a Group E clash that had struggled to get going.
Ten minutes after the restart, Kolarov lined up the free kick out wide and from some distance out. With a steely-determined look in his eye (that RTE co-commentator Brian Kerr brilliantly referred to as “Dead-Eye Dick”), the former Manchester City man hit a tremendous strike that went over the wall and past Costa Rica keeper Keylor Navas:
WHAT. A. GOAL!
How do you get past Navas? Put it in the upper 90 like Kolarov! pic.twitter.com/k6zSeI3r61
— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) June 17, 2018
Love Kolarov, what a goal, what a guy ? #worldcup ?
— Paul Dickov (@OfficialPDickov) June 17, 2018
Ireland fans, of course, will know all about the devastation of a shot from Kolarov, given that it was his strike that gave Serbia a 1-0 win at the Aviva Stadium during the qualification campaign.
Despite Costa Rican pressure in the final stages, Serbia held on to claim three huge points with a 1-0 win. Victory here was crucial for the European side as they look to challenge Switzerland for that runners-up spot behind strong favourites Brazil to make the last 16.