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 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
 1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:34PM 34 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Ivanovic over-hits an early cross from wide right and puts it out for a goal kick. Costa Rica have been impressive with how they stop Serbia's build-up play. By blocking the passing option, Serbia don't really have anywhere to go other than long but are trying to keep the ball in defence until an opportunity to get forward opens up. 1:30PM 31 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are blocking the Serbian passing lanes with three forwards and two midfielders behind them, and it's forcing the defenders to really think about where they move the ball so as not to concede possession in a dangerous counter-attacking area. Once the ball is past the halfway line Costa Rica are a 5-4-1... Serbia need another option. And there it is - the chipped pass to Mitrovic. 1:28PM 29 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Bit chance! Super run off the ball by Milinkovic-Savic but he doesn't get the ball out of his feet as a pass over the top puts him through on goal. A low shot is saved easily by Navas but the offside flag had one anyway. He gets away with that miss. 1:26PM 27 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great take by Tadic. The pass is fired straight at him at pace and he controls and flicks the ball on to keep a move going. It just won't drop for Mitrovic in the area and his shot is blocked. 1:24PM 25 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: AFP Serbia are focusing their attacks through the middle then moving play out to the right wing once in the final third. Costa Rica survive another decent move but Serbia are back in possession. You can see they're favouring that right wing here: Serbia crosses Calvo is the left wing-back and is on a yellow card now too. 1:22PM 23 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica get in down the left again though and... that's a shocking tackle. He doesn't mean to go in as heavy as he does but Calvo is rightly booked for a late slide tackle near the corner on Tadic. That's the sort of challenge you put in for a laugh on Pro Evo. 1:21PM 21 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia switch the play a couple of times but Costa Rica look organised and shift over to deny the space and win possession back. Serbia are getting Tadic deeper with Matic helping out on the right now to make sure Ivanovic isn't exposed. 1:19PM 19 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia win a free-kick about 35 yards from goal and this will be aimed towards Mitrovic. The referee has to tell Guzman to stand further back from the kick but doesn't book him. The ball goes in, is headed at the back post... and Costa Rica manage to get it away then drop into their low block. 1:16PM 17 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Great save by Navas! Serbia have men over, Ivanovic overlaps down the right and dribbles past his man but Navas blocks the low cross into the area. Serbia might be in again! Tadic chips to the back post for Mitrovic but nobody is following up. Milinkovic-Savic has had a couple of lovely touches in the approach play to both those moves. 1:14PM 15 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Mitrovic receives the ball on the edge of the box, moves it onto his right foot and shoots but the effort is blocked and Navas catches. Costa Rica attack down the left wing again - they're targeting Ivanovic at right-back. Serbia look ropey at the back here. A dreadful pass forward has nearly gifted Costa Rica the chance to break with an overload but the centre-backs just about to manage to see out the danger. 1:12PM 13 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 FREE HEADER! What a miss! Oh my word. A short corner, the second cross gives Gonzalez a completely free header. Dreadful defending from Serbia - what were they doing there? Total chaos in the second phase of that set piece and Costa Rica should be 1-0 up. Miss: Costa Rica 0 - 0 Serbia (Giancarlo González, 12 min) Gonzalez can't believe he's put that miles over the bar. 1:11PM 11 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Costa Rica are looking to use their pace to take on the full-backs. Ivanovic and Kolarov aren't the young men they once were but still have a bit speed left in the legs - Costa Rica look like they might have the running of them though. Costa Rica win a corner. 1:09PM 9 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Costa Rica are quick and break with three forwards. It's not quite coming together for them in the final third for now but they've been able to run with the ball in Serbia's half a couple of times now. 1:07PM 7 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Credit: GETTY IMAGES Mitrovic is causing problems with his strength upfront and Serbia are looking for him with long throws and chipped passes. Serbia attack through the middle, the ball drops to Kolarov and he tries a shot from 30 yards but pings it wide of goal. 1:05PM 5 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia get up the pitch and win another corner. Both teams are attacking quickly and it's already entertaining. Serbia can't get space in the area thanks to the close attentions of the Costa Rica defence and Kolarov fouls Gamboa while trying to win the second ball from the corner. Costa Rica go long. 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
South Korea's national soccer team players stretch during a training session of South Korea at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Spartak Stadium in Lomonosov near St. Petersburg, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
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World Cup - Serbia Training
Soccer Football - World Cup - Serbia Training - Samara Arena, Samara, Russia - June 16, 2018 Serbia's Branislav Ivanovic during training REUTERS/David Gray
 1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
World Cup 2018, Costa Rica vs Serbia: live score and latest updates
1:03PM 3 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 But now Costa Rica are in! Urena gets in behind the defence after a Ruiz pass puts him there and he wins a corner! Mitrovic is back defending now and powers a header away from goal. Calvo joins in down the left and hooks a swinging cross into the area and GONZALEZ IS THERE! But his header is straight at the goalkeeper! What a start this is! 1:01PM 2 mins - Costa Rica 0 Serbia 0 Serbia start with the ball and Mitrovic gets a touch inside the area within 30 seconds. Corner. If he'd controlled that properly he was in for a shot from about 10 yards! The corner comes in and it's headed at goal! Navas looks frantic as he hops onto his other foot... but the referee has spotted a foul. The sign of things to come? 1:00PM KICK OFF Here we go! 12:55PM National anthems 12:54PM Here come the players! Costa Rica will be a 5-4-1 and try to keep things tight and take advantage of counter-attack situations while Serbia will be a 4-2-3-1. The wing-backs will get forward, the defence will be protected by Matic and Milivojevic and Milinkovic-Savic will support Mitrovic throughout. 12:47PM Evra's wearing a tin foil hat Paul Pogba's goal against Australia has been taken away from him. It's an own goal now (because it is...) and Evra has just said he wishes people would leave Paul alone. "If it was Messi, Neymar or Ronaldo I wonder if they would take that goal away," he says. Perhaps he's preparing some sort of speech about jet fuel and steel beams for half time. Patrice Evra showing surprise and actually *clapping* Eni Aluko’s analysis... awful, patronising— Omar Chaudhuri (@OmarChaudhuri) June 17, 2018 12:45PM The warm-ups Credit: GETTY IMAGES The players are just finishing their warm-ups and soon they'll be out on the pitch ready to put on a spectacle. Kolarov was holding his knee for a bit of it but I'm not sure if he's picked up a knock or something during his little pre-match routine. Now, if you'd like to get updates sent to your phone on Whatsapp, sign up for this thing we have here: World Cup whatsapp promo It keeps you up to date with all the news and scores from the games. 12:39PM Take care of the ball and the ball will take care of you Vladimir Stojkovic �� Serbia’s goalkeeper kisses the ball after every save he makes! #SRB#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/JEjD9gYCu8— Kay Murray (@KayLMurray) June 17, 2018 12:38PM Evra is impressed by a woman knowing football "Wow I'm really impressed, she knows more about the game than us," says Evra, in a somewhat* patronising way to Eni Aluko. Do your research pal. ITV have been pretty good at getting their pundits well read before going on air to be fair. Aluko has been explaining what makes Milinkovic-Savic such a threat, detailing his ability to play with the ball at feet but that he's also great at attacking and will support Mitrovic throughout today's game. *incredibly. 12:33PM The current and ex-pros' opinions "They're a strong defensive team but they don't score a lot of goals," says Eni Aluko of Costa Rica. Henrik Larsson and Patrice Evra make up the rest of ITV's pundits bench today. That's a strong lineup. 12:27PM Ivanovic becomes Serbia's all-time most capped player Credit: FIFA Today is his 104th cap, so assuming nothing changes before kick-off he will become the most capped player in the history of Serbia, surpassing Dejan Stankovic. But the real question is how tall is he compared to Mel from Mel and Sue? At 6 feet tall that makes him 1.something Mels from Mel and Sue. 12:24PM Inside the dressing rooms Credit: FIFA Credit: FIFA 12:22PM Our lovely new columnist Cesc Fabregas has joined our writing team for the World Cup and his first couple of columns are already up on the website. You can read his thoughts on Raheem Sterling here. Cesc Fabregas column: England's Raheem Sterling can deliver on the biggest stage 12:17PM Star players to look out for Keylor Navas is by far and away the best player on this Costa Rica team and according to my handy Football Manager database app (their database is used as a scouting tool by top level clubs around the world...), with an average rating of 81 he's way ahead of Borges and Campbell, both rated at 69. Bryan Ruiz shares the same rating... and then everything goes a bit south from there. Serbia meanwhile have some of the most highly rated young players in the world. Predrag Rajkovic is on the bench but at a base level 67 is expected to be about an 85 at some point in his career. I realise some of you might think I'm talking nonsense using a video game's database but their hit rate and accuracy is awesome. Matic - 78, Milinkovic-Savic -78, Adem Ljajic - 72, Aleksandar Kolarov -73... I think you get the idea. If Serbia can work their way around the Costa Rica low block and avoid making any particularly silly mistakes, they should really win this. 12:06PM Those teams in written form Costa Rica (3-5-2 / 5-4-1) Navas, Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo, Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz, Ureña Serbia (4-2-3-1) Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Milenkovic, Kolarov, Milinkovic-Savic, Milivojevic, Matic, Ljajic, Tadic, Mitrovic Got to think Serbia are missing a trick leaving all the Football Manager wonderkids out. Zivkovic and Rajkovic on the bench? What is this - amateur hour? pic.twitter.com/LiPrSQumMX— JJ Bull (@jj_bull) June 17, 2018 12:00PM Starting lineups 10 'ic' and one Kolarov: Who's ready for the first match of the day? Here are the teams for #CRCSRB ��#WorldCuppic.twitter.com/np2DCvEQ78— FIFA World Cup �� (@FIFAWorldCup) June 17, 2018 11:59AM The best kits World Cup kits ranked 11:47AM Where is today's game? Well that would be the Samara Arena of course: World Cup 2018 stadium: Samara Arena And as we all know [looks down at phone] it is is the sixth largest city in Russia. This is what the stadium looks like.: Credit: FIFA And the inside is even cooler: Credit: REUTERS 11:40AM Welcome! Hello and welcome to our liveblog for Costa Rica vs Serbia, a match which should be really entertaining and one I'm looking forward to. Yesterday was another brilliant day of World Cup football notable for featuring several high profile VAR moments - it seems like having that extra help has really allowed referees to make some attack-minded decisions and goals make games great. So what to expect today? Serbia have the better (arguably - and I will argue it) group of players with several wonderkids supplemented by hardworking others. Nemanja Matic can run the midfield, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is one of the hottest prospects in football and Dusan Tadic is guaranteed to create chances to score. “As far as this story about me lacking experience, I don’t have any problem because I am working with professional players who prove themselves in clubs across Europe,” their manager Mladen Krstajic said. “My conscience is clear because we are working really well and have been together for three weeks. These are things that make me happy. “We have to be focused, responsible. When I met my squad for the first time I said let's relax, be friends off the pitch, but when comes to matches, everyone has to be responsible.” Russia World Cup in pictures: Best photos of teams, games and players In the red corner, Costa Rica aren't quite so strong but do have Keylor Navas in goal. You know, the Real Madrid guy. Yeh, him. Other than that, Arsenal's eternally nomadic loanee Joel Campbell is perhaps their best bet of getting a result with Celso Borges the most likely to set someone up for a goal. They didn't impress at all in defeat to England recently and were hammered by Belgium too - today is a massive test. Team news should be with us soon and I'll endeavour to bring you that as well as all the build-up and then analysis of the live action. Stick around to join in the fun.
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6/17/18: Nimmo's go-ahead HR in 9th leads Mets to win
Recap: NYM 5, ARI 3
6/17/18: Nimmo's go-ahead HR in 9th leads Mets to win
6/17/18: Nimmo's go-ahead HR in 9th leads Mets to win
Recap: NYM 5, ARI 3
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Recap: NYM 5, ARI 3
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Condensed Game: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
CG: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
CG: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
CG: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: HOU@KC - 6/17/18
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Lucroy's RBI single in 11th send Athletics past Angels 6-5
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Lucroy's RBI single in 11th send Athletics past Angels 6-5
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Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts all drive the ball over the wall in a 9-3 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners
Red Sox go yard three times
Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts all drive the ball over the wall in a 9-3 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners
Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts all drive the ball over the wall in a 9-3 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners
Red Sox go yard three times
Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts all drive the ball over the wall in a 9-3 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners
Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts all drive the ball over the wall in a 9-3 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners
Red Sox go yard three times
Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts all drive the ball over the wall in a 9-3 win for the Red Sox over the Mariners
Brandon Nimmo gives the Mets a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning with a go-ahead two-run home run to right field with two outs
Nimmo's go-ahead 2-run HR in 9th
Brandon Nimmo gives the Mets a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning with a go-ahead two-run home run to right field with two outs
Brandon Nimmo gives the Mets a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning with a go-ahead two-run home run to right field with two outs
Nimmo's go-ahead 2-run HR in 9th
Brandon Nimmo gives the Mets a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning with a go-ahead two-run home run to right field with two outs
Brandon Nimmo gives the Mets a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning with a go-ahead two-run home run to right field with two outs
Nimmo's go-ahead 2-run HR in 9th
Brandon Nimmo gives the Mets a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th inning with a go-ahead two-run home run to right field with two outs
Condensed Game: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
CG: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
CG: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
CG: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: PHI@MIL - 6/17/18
Brooks Koepka reacts after finishing the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
A glance at the final round of the US Open
Brooks Koepka reacts after finishing the final round of the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts bobbles a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Dee Gordon during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Red Sox hit three homers to rout Mariners 9-3
Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts bobbles a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Dee Gordon during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. points skyward after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Chasen Bradford during seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Red Sox hit three homers to rout Mariners 9-3
Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. points skyward after hitting a solo home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Chasen Bradford during seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts hits a two-run home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Chasen Bradford during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Red Sox hit three homers to rout Mariners 9-3
Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts hits a two-run home run on a pitch from Seattle Mariners' Chasen Bradford during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland hits a two-RBI single against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Red Sox hit three homers to rout Mariners 9-3
Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland hits a two-RBI single against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)
Condensed Game: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
CG: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
CG: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
CG: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: DET@CWS - 6/17/18
Eduardo Escobar doubles three times against the Twins, giving him an MLB-leading 30 doubles on the season
Escobar's trio of doubles
Eduardo Escobar doubles three times against the Twins, giving him an MLB-leading 30 doubles on the season
Eduardo Escobar doubles three times against the Twins, giving him an MLB-leading 30 doubles on the season
Escobar's trio of doubles
Eduardo Escobar doubles three times against the Twins, giving him an MLB-leading 30 doubles on the season
Eduardo Escobar doubles three times against the Twins, giving him an MLB-leading 30 doubles on the season
Escobar's trio of doubles
Eduardo Escobar doubles three times against the Twins, giving him an MLB-leading 30 doubles on the season
Shane Bieber strikes out seven over 5 2/3 solid frames, allowing only one run to earn his first Major League win
Bieber earns 1st MLB win
Shane Bieber strikes out seven over 5 2/3 solid frames, allowing only one run to earn his first Major League win
Shane Bieber strikes out seven over 5 2/3 solid frames, allowing only one run to earn his first Major League win
Bieber earns 1st MLB win
Shane Bieber strikes out seven over 5 2/3 solid frames, allowing only one run to earn his first Major League win
Shane Bieber strikes out seven over 5 2/3 solid frames, allowing only one run to earn his first Major League win
Bieber earns 1st MLB win
Shane Bieber strikes out seven over 5 2/3 solid frames, allowing only one run to earn his first Major League win
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Clay Buchholz throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo watches his two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
MLB umpire Jim Reynolds, left, ejects New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. Vargas was on the bench and not in the game. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
MLB umpire Jim Reynolds, left, ejects New York Mets relief pitcher Jason Vargas in the fourth inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. Vargas was on the bench and not in the game. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano throws in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano throws in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the New York Mets, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) turns the double play while avoiding Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt (44) on a ball hit by Jake Lamb in the sixth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes (7) turns the double play while avoiding Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt (44) on a ball hit by Jake Lamb in the sixth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo, left, celebrates with Jose Bautista after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo, left, celebrates with Jose Bautista after hitting a two-run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler throws in the first inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Arizona Diamondbacks David Peralta watches his RBI-double against the New York Mets in the fourth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
Arizona Diamondbacks David Peralta watches his RBI-double against the New York Mets in the fourth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo reacts after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3
New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo reacts after hitting a two run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning during a baseball game, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Dee Gordon puts himself on base in the bottom of the 5th, as he lays down a beautiful bunt towards third base that stays fair
Gordon's perfect bunt single
Dee Gordon puts himself on base in the bottom of the 5th, as he lays down a beautiful bunt towards third base that stays fair
Dee Gordon puts himself on base in the bottom of the 5th, as he lays down a beautiful bunt towards third base that stays fair
Gordon's perfect bunt single
Dee Gordon puts himself on base in the bottom of the 5th, as he lays down a beautiful bunt towards third base that stays fair
Dee Gordon puts himself on base in the bottom of the 5th, as he lays down a beautiful bunt towards third base that stays fair
Gordon's perfect bunt single
Dee Gordon puts himself on base in the bottom of the 5th, as he lays down a beautiful bunt towards third base that stays fair
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
NBA players celebrate Father’s Day on social media
Make sure you appreciate your pops today.
Condensed Game: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
CG: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
CG: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
CG: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
Condensed Game: SF@LAD - 6/17/18
Tim Anderson hits a fly ball to deep right-center field, but Leonys Martin leaps up onto the wall to make the catch and end the 6th inning
Martin's catch at the wall
Tim Anderson hits a fly ball to deep right-center field, but Leonys Martin leaps up onto the wall to make the catch and end the 6th inning
Tim Anderson hits a fly ball to deep right-center field, but Leonys Martin leaps up onto the wall to make the catch and end the 6th inning
Martin's catch at the wall
Tim Anderson hits a fly ball to deep right-center field, but Leonys Martin leaps up onto the wall to make the catch and end the 6th inning
Tim Anderson hits a fly ball to deep right-center field, but Leonys Martin leaps up onto the wall to make the catch and end the 6th inning
Martin's catch at the wall
Tim Anderson hits a fly ball to deep right-center field, but Leonys Martin leaps up onto the wall to make the catch and end the 6th inning
Tim Anderson fields a sharp grounder by Nicholas Castellanos that knocks him down, but he pops up and fires to first in time for the out
Anderson fields a sharp grounder
Tim Anderson fields a sharp grounder by Nicholas Castellanos that knocks him down, but he pops up and fires to first in time for the out
Tim Anderson fields a sharp grounder by Nicholas Castellanos that knocks him down, but he pops up and fires to first in time for the out
Anderson fields a sharp grounder
Tim Anderson fields a sharp grounder by Nicholas Castellanos that knocks him down, but he pops up and fires to first in time for the out
Tim Anderson fields a sharp grounder by Nicholas Castellanos that knocks him down, but he pops up and fires to first in time for the out
Anderson fields a sharp grounder
Tim Anderson fields a sharp grounder by Nicholas Castellanos that knocks him down, but he pops up and fires to first in time for the out
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
¿Por qué fue tan importante el trabajo de Carlos Vela ante Alemania?
Juan Carlos Osorio destacó la labor del Bombardero en la victoria del Tri contra el actual campeón del mundo.
Texas Rangers' Jose Trevino, right, is interviewed after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
Trevino, Rangers rally for 4 runs in 9th, beat Rockies 13-12
Texas Rangers' Jose Trevino, right, is interviewed after a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sam Hodde)
<p>Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered, Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) won his sixth in a row and the Red Sox rolled to a 9-3 victory over the Mariners on Sunday, giving them a split of the four-game series in Seattle. <br> </p>
Three homers and Eduardo Rodriguez power Red Sox past Mariners, 9-3

Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered, Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) won his sixth in a row and the Red Sox rolled to a 9-3 victory over the Mariners on Sunday, giving them a split of the four-game series in Seattle.

The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday.
Astros extend winning streak to 11 games
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday.
Astros extend winning streak to 11 games
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 win over the Royals on Sunday.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon tosses the ball after giving up an RBI single to Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon tosses the ball after giving up an RBI single to Los Angeles Dodgers' Chris Taylor during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run to tie the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row
Houston Astros' Carlos Correa celebrates in the dugout after hitting a home run to tie the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley)
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford watches his RBI groundout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row
San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford watches his RBI groundout during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) scores on a single by Brian Goodwin during eighth-inning baseball game action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row
Washington Nationals' Juan Soto (22) scores on a single by Brian Goodwin during eighth-inning baseball game action against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
The father of a Russian star set to come face-to-face with the Reds forward at the World Cup has suggested that there are many better goalscorers
'Salah isn't world class' - Egypt star only exceptional for Liverpool, says Cheryshev's father
The father of a Russian star set to come face-to-face with the Reds forward at the World Cup has suggested that there are many better goalscorers
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 14: Zach Randolph #50 of the Sacramento Kings speaks with media after defeating the Miami Heat on March 14, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Arson suspected at bar where Zach Randolph's brother killed
SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 14: Zach Randolph #50 of the Sacramento Kings speaks with media after defeating the Miami Heat on March 14, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
Austin Cindric (22) leads during an early lap in a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps
Austin Cindric (22) leads during an early lap in a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Justin Allgaier celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps
Justin Allgaier celebrates in Victory Lane after winning a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Austin Cindric celebrates with a crew member after winning the pole position for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps
Austin Cindric celebrates with a crew member after winning the pole position for a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Daniel Hemric races his car during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps
Daniel Hemric races his car during the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Justin Allgaier crosses the finish line while winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps
Justin Allgaier crosses the finish line while winning the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
As they head home for long stretch, Giants get a solid win over Dodgers
As they head home for long stretch, Giants get a solid win over Dodgers
A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated. The owners of the building that was set to host Diversity House, where fans could meet and watch matches, told organisers days ahead of the opening that they were withdrawing their co-operation. Piara Powar, director of the international anti-discrimination network FARE that is overseeing the project, said the move was "familiar" to rights groups in Saint Petersburg. "They recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook," he said in a statement. He said the last-minute pull-out appeared to be a "political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia." Russian police detain gay rights activist Peter Tatchell Credit: AP Powar told AFP last month the network had sought assurances from Russian authorities that Diversity Houses in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg would be allowed to go ahead during the World Cup. Local organiser Elena Belokurova told AFP the group had found a new location in the centre of Saint Petersburg and it was already open. She said there had been no threats from the owners of the building where the project was originally planned, near the city's main fan zone. The Moscow Diversity House opened last week and has been hosting events in the city centre. British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was briefly arrested last week for a one-man protest near Red Square against President Vladimir Putin's record on gay rights. Violence against gays and homophobic rhetoric in Russia regularly make global headlines.
World Cup 2018: 'Safe space' for LGBT football fans in Russia forced to move after 'political attack'
A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated. The owners of the building that was set to host Diversity House, where fans could meet and watch matches, told organisers days ahead of the opening that they were withdrawing their co-operation. Piara Powar, director of the international anti-discrimination network FARE that is overseeing the project, said the move was "familiar" to rights groups in Saint Petersburg. "They recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook," he said in a statement. He said the last-minute pull-out appeared to be a "political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia." Russian police detain gay rights activist Peter Tatchell Credit: AP Powar told AFP last month the network had sought assurances from Russian authorities that Diversity Houses in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg would be allowed to go ahead during the World Cup. Local organiser Elena Belokurova told AFP the group had found a new location in the centre of Saint Petersburg and it was already open. She said there had been no threats from the owners of the building where the project was originally planned, near the city's main fan zone. The Moscow Diversity House opened last week and has been hosting events in the city centre. British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was briefly arrested last week for a one-man protest near Red Square against President Vladimir Putin's record on gay rights. Violence against gays and homophobic rhetoric in Russia regularly make global headlines.
A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated. The owners of the building that was set to host Diversity House, where fans could meet and watch matches, told organisers days ahead of the opening that they were withdrawing their co-operation. Piara Powar, director of the international anti-discrimination network FARE that is overseeing the project, said the move was "familiar" to rights groups in Saint Petersburg. "They recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook," he said in a statement. He said the last-minute pull-out appeared to be a "political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia." Russian police detain gay rights activist Peter Tatchell Credit: AP Powar told AFP last month the network had sought assurances from Russian authorities that Diversity Houses in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg would be allowed to go ahead during the World Cup. Local organiser Elena Belokurova told AFP the group had found a new location in the centre of Saint Petersburg and it was already open. She said there had been no threats from the owners of the building where the project was originally planned, near the city's main fan zone. The Moscow Diversity House opened last week and has been hosting events in the city centre. British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was briefly arrested last week for a one-man protest near Red Square against President Vladimir Putin's record on gay rights. Violence against gays and homophobic rhetoric in Russia regularly make global headlines.
World Cup 2018: 'Safe space' for LGBT football fans in Russia forced to move after 'political attack'
A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated. The owners of the building that was set to host Diversity House, where fans could meet and watch matches, told organisers days ahead of the opening that they were withdrawing their co-operation. Piara Powar, director of the international anti-discrimination network FARE that is overseeing the project, said the move was "familiar" to rights groups in Saint Petersburg. "They recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook," he said in a statement. He said the last-minute pull-out appeared to be a "political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia." Russian police detain gay rights activist Peter Tatchell Credit: AP Powar told AFP last month the network had sought assurances from Russian authorities that Diversity Houses in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg would be allowed to go ahead during the World Cup. Local organiser Elena Belokurova told AFP the group had found a new location in the centre of Saint Petersburg and it was already open. She said there had been no threats from the owners of the building where the project was originally planned, near the city's main fan zone. The Moscow Diversity House opened last week and has been hosting events in the city centre. British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was briefly arrested last week for a one-man protest near Red Square against President Vladimir Putin's record on gay rights. Violence against gays and homophobic rhetoric in Russia regularly make global headlines.
Brooks Koepka holds up the Golf Champion Trophy after winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Column: Koepka wins an Open where the whiners go home early
Brooks Koepka holds up the Golf Champion Trophy after winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Brooks Koepka poses with the Golf Champion Trophy after winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Column: Koepka wins an Open where the whiners go home early
Brooks Koepka poses with the Golf Champion Trophy after winning the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Sunday, June 17, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
A's walk off Angels, win first series vs AL West since April
Marcus Semien homers off the left-field foul pole to make it a one-run game with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Semien's homer off the foul pole
Marcus Semien homers off the left-field foul pole to make it a one-run game with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Marcus Semien homers off the left-field foul pole to make it a one-run game with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Semien's homer off the foul pole
Marcus Semien homers off the left-field foul pole to make it a one-run game with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Marcus Semien homers off the left-field foul pole to make it a one-run game with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Semien's homer off the foul pole
Marcus Semien homers off the left-field foul pole to make it a one-run game with no outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Mark Canha slugs a two-run homer to left field as he puts the A’s on the board with his eighth big fly of the season
Canha's 2-run jack
Mark Canha slugs a two-run homer to left field as he puts the A’s on the board with his eighth big fly of the season
Mark Canha slugs a two-run homer to left field as he puts the A’s on the board with his eighth big fly of the season
Canha's 2-run jack
Mark Canha slugs a two-run homer to left field as he puts the A’s on the board with his eighth big fly of the season
Mark Canha slugs a two-run homer to left field as he puts the A’s on the board with his eighth big fly of the season
Canha's 2-run jack
Mark Canha slugs a two-run homer to left field as he puts the A’s on the board with his eighth big fly of the season
Justin Upton lines an RBI single to right field, plating Ian Kinsler and increasing the Angels' lead to 5-2 in the 7th inning
Upton's RBI knock to right
Justin Upton lines an RBI single to right field, plating Ian Kinsler and increasing the Angels' lead to 5-2 in the 7th inning
Justin Upton lines an RBI single to right field, plating Ian Kinsler and increasing the Angels' lead to 5-2 in the 7th inning
Upton's RBI knock to right
Justin Upton lines an RBI single to right field, plating Ian Kinsler and increasing the Angels' lead to 5-2 in the 7th inning
Justin Upton lines an RBI single to right field, plating Ian Kinsler and increasing the Angels' lead to 5-2 in the 7th inning
Upton's RBI knock to right
Justin Upton lines an RBI single to right field, plating Ian Kinsler and increasing the Angels' lead to 5-2 in the 7th inning
Albert Pujols hits his 630th career home run as he belts a big fly to left-center field and gives the Angels a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning
Pujols' 630th career HR
Albert Pujols hits his 630th career home run as he belts a big fly to left-center field and gives the Angels a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning
Albert Pujols hits his 630th career home run as he belts a big fly to left-center field and gives the Angels a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning
Pujols' 630th career HR
Albert Pujols hits his 630th career home run as he belts a big fly to left-center field and gives the Angels a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning
Albert Pujols hits his 630th career home run as he belts a big fly to left-center field and gives the Angels a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning
Pujols' 630th career HR
Albert Pujols hits his 630th career home run as he belts a big fly to left-center field and gives the Angels a 3-2 lead in the 6th inning
Jed Lowrie slides into third as he tags up on a fly ball to center field, and the call stands after a review in the bottom of the 7th inning
Lowrie tags up at second
Jed Lowrie slides into third as he tags up on a fly ball to center field, and the call stands after a review in the bottom of the 7th inning
Jed Lowrie slides into third as he tags up on a fly ball to center field, and the call stands after a review in the bottom of the 7th inning
Lowrie tags up at second
Jed Lowrie slides into third as he tags up on a fly ball to center field, and the call stands after a review in the bottom of the 7th inning
Jed Lowrie slides into third as he tags up on a fly ball to center field, and the call stands after a review in the bottom of the 7th inning
Lowrie tags up at second
Jed Lowrie slides into third as he tags up on a fly ball to center field, and the call stands after a review in the bottom of the 7th inning
Andrew Heaney collects eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three runs over eight innings against the Athletics
Heaney's 8-strikeout outing
Andrew Heaney collects eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three runs over eight innings against the Athletics
Andrew Heaney collects eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three runs over eight innings against the Athletics
Heaney's 8-strikeout outing
Andrew Heaney collects eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three runs over eight innings against the Athletics
Andrew Heaney collects eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three runs over eight innings against the Athletics
Heaney's 8-strikeout outing
Andrew Heaney collects eight strikeouts while allowing just three hits and three runs over eight innings against the Athletics
Jonathan Lucroy crushes a walk-off base hit to deep center field that drives in Jed Lowrie and gives the A's a 6-5 win in the 11th inning
Lucroy's walk-off hit in 11th
Jonathan Lucroy crushes a walk-off base hit to deep center field that drives in Jed Lowrie and gives the A's a 6-5 win in the 11th inning
Albert Pujols smacks a two-out RBI single in the 3rd inning as Mark Canha is unable to make the catch in center field
Pujols' 2-out RBI single
Albert Pujols smacks a two-out RBI single in the 3rd inning as Mark Canha is unable to make the catch in center field
Jonathan Lucroy crushes a walk-off base hit to deep center field that drives in Jed Lowrie and gives the A's a 6-5 win in the 11th inning
Lucroy's walk-off hit in 11th
Jonathan Lucroy crushes a walk-off base hit to deep center field that drives in Jed Lowrie and gives the A's a 6-5 win in the 11th inning
Albert Pujols smacks a two-out RBI single in the 3rd inning as Mark Canha is unable to make the catch in center field
Pujols' 2-out RBI single
Albert Pujols smacks a two-out RBI single in the 3rd inning as Mark Canha is unable to make the catch in center field
Albert Pujols smacks a two-out RBI single in the 3rd inning as Mark Canha is unable to make the catch in center field
Pujols' 2-out RBI single
Albert Pujols smacks a two-out RBI single in the 3rd inning as Mark Canha is unable to make the catch in center field
Jonathan Lucroy crushes a walk-off base hit to deep center field that drives in Jed Lowrie and gives the A's a 6-5 win in the 11th inning
Lucroy's walk-off hit in 11th
Jonathan Lucroy crushes a walk-off base hit to deep center field that drives in Jed Lowrie and gives the A's a 6-5 win in the 11th inning
Matt Olson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field and drives in Jed Lowrie to make it a 5-3 game in the bottom of the 7th inning
Olson's sacrifice fly to left
Matt Olson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field and drives in Jed Lowrie to make it a 5-3 game in the bottom of the 7th inning
Andrelton Simmons crosses the plate after Daniel Mengden delivers a wild pitch in the top of the 6th inning
Simmons scores on a wild pitch
Andrelton Simmons crosses the plate after Daniel Mengden delivers a wild pitch in the top of the 6th inning
Mark Canha bloops a single to center field that plates Dustin Fowler and ties the game with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Canha's game-tying hit in 9th
Mark Canha bloops a single to center field that plates Dustin Fowler and ties the game with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Andrelton Simmons crosses the plate after Daniel Mengden delivers a wild pitch in the top of the 6th inning
Simmons scores on a wild pitch
Andrelton Simmons crosses the plate after Daniel Mengden delivers a wild pitch in the top of the 6th inning
Mark Canha bloops a single to center field that plates Dustin Fowler and ties the game with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Canha's game-tying hit in 9th
Mark Canha bloops a single to center field that plates Dustin Fowler and ties the game with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Mark Canha bloops a single to center field that plates Dustin Fowler and ties the game with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Canha's game-tying hit in 9th
Mark Canha bloops a single to center field that plates Dustin Fowler and ties the game with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning
Andrelton Simmons crosses the plate after Daniel Mengden delivers a wild pitch in the top of the 6th inning
Simmons scores on a wild pitch
Andrelton Simmons crosses the plate after Daniel Mengden delivers a wild pitch in the top of the 6th inning
Matt Olson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field and drives in Jed Lowrie to make it a 5-3 game in the bottom of the 7th inning
Olson's sacrifice fly to left
Matt Olson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field and drives in Jed Lowrie to make it a 5-3 game in the bottom of the 7th inning
Matt Olson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field and drives in Jed Lowrie to make it a 5-3 game in the bottom of the 7th inning
Olson's sacrifice fly to left
Matt Olson lifts a sacrifice fly to left field and drives in Jed Lowrie to make it a 5-3 game in the bottom of the 7th inning
Lucas Hernandez admitted he exaggerated fouls during France's 2-1 win over Australia at the World Cup on Saturday.
Hernandez admits to exaggerating fouls against Australia
Lucas Hernandez admitted he exaggerated fouls during France's 2-1 win over Australia at the World Cup on Saturday.
Andrew Heaney gets Franklin Barreto to chase an outside fastball as he strikes out the side in the 8th inning
Heaney K's Barreto, the side
Andrew Heaney gets Franklin Barreto to chase an outside fastball as he strikes out the side in the 8th inning
Andrew Heaney gets Franklin Barreto to chase an outside fastball as he strikes out the side in the 8th inning
Heaney K's Barreto, the side
Andrew Heaney gets Franklin Barreto to chase an outside fastball as he strikes out the side in the 8th inning
Andrew Heaney gets Franklin Barreto to chase an outside fastball as he strikes out the side in the 8th inning
Heaney K's Barreto, the side
Andrew Heaney gets Franklin Barreto to chase an outside fastball as he strikes out the side in the 8th inning
Daniel Mengden steps off the mound and catches Ian Kinsler in a rundown for the first out of the ballgame
Mengden picks off Kinsler
Daniel Mengden steps off the mound and catches Ian Kinsler in a rundown for the first out of the ballgame
Daniel Mengden steps off the mound and catches Ian Kinsler in a rundown for the first out of the ballgame
Mengden picks off Kinsler
Daniel Mengden steps off the mound and catches Ian Kinsler in a rundown for the first out of the ballgame
Daniel Mengden steps off the mound and catches Ian Kinsler in a rundown for the first out of the ballgame
Mengden picks off Kinsler
Daniel Mengden steps off the mound and catches Ian Kinsler in a rundown for the first out of the ballgame
Chris Young hits his second home run in as many days as he belts a solo homer that puts the Angels on the board in the 3rd inning
Young's solo homer in the 3rd
Chris Young hits his second home run in as many days as he belts a solo homer that puts the Angels on the board in the 3rd inning
Chris Young hits his second home run in as many days as he belts a solo homer that puts the Angels on the board in the 3rd inning
Young's solo homer in the 3rd
Chris Young hits his second home run in as many days as he belts a solo homer that puts the Angels on the board in the 3rd inning
Chris Young hits his second home run in as many days as he belts a solo homer that puts the Angels on the board in the 3rd inning
Young's solo homer in the 3rd
Chris Young hits his second home run in as many days as he belts a solo homer that puts the Angels on the board in the 3rd inning
Daniel Mengden fans Martin Maldonado with an outside breaking ball in the 6th inning for his third strikeout of the game
Mengden strikes out Maldonado
Daniel Mengden fans Martin Maldonado with an outside breaking ball in the 6th inning for his third strikeout of the game
Daniel Mengden fans Martin Maldonado with an outside breaking ball in the 6th inning for his third strikeout of the game
Mengden strikes out Maldonado
Daniel Mengden fans Martin Maldonado with an outside breaking ball in the 6th inning for his third strikeout of the game
Daniel Mengden fans Martin Maldonado with an outside breaking ball in the 6th inning for his third strikeout of the game
Mengden strikes out Maldonado
Daniel Mengden fans Martin Maldonado with an outside breaking ball in the 6th inning for his third strikeout of the game
<p>The Nats are taking on a few local rivals this week. Which players should you expect to have big weeks for your fantasy team?</p>
Fantasy Baseball Outlook: Week 12

The Nats are taking on a few local rivals this week. Which players should you expect to have big weeks for your fantasy team?

Justin Allgaier competes during a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps
Justin Allgaier competes during a NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race, Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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