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Watch: Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov Scores Stunning Free Kick Vs Costa Rica

SAMARA, RUSSIA - JUNE 17: Aleksandar Kolarov of Serbia scores his team's first goal from a free kick during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at Samara Arena on June 17, 2018 in Samara, Russia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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:

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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.

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Author: The PA Team

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