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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.
South Korea's Kim Shin-wook controls the ball 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)
Sweden coach apologizes over 'spying' squabble with Koreans
South Korea's Kim Shin-wook controls the ball 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)
South Korea's Son Heung-min, right, controls the ball against his teammate Ju Se-jong 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)
Sweden coach apologizes over 'spying' squabble with Koreans
South Korea's Son Heung-min, right, controls the ball against his teammate Ju Se-jong 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)
South Korea's head coach Shin Tae-yong, center, arrives with players Son Heung-min, right, and Lee Yong for 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)
Sweden coach apologizes over 'spying' squabble with Koreans
South Korea's head coach Shin Tae-yong, center, arrives with players Son Heung-min, right, and Lee Yong for 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)
Argentina's fans hold a banner with a image of former soccer star Diego Maradona as they get ready to cheer on their side before the start of the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Maradona responds to report of racist gesture to Asian fan
Argentina's fans hold a banner with a image of former soccer star Diego Maradona as they get ready to cheer on their side before the start of the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Former soccer star Diego Maradona pounds his chest during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Maradona responds to report of racist gesture to Asian fan
Former soccer star Diego Maradona pounds his chest during the group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)
Portugal boss Fernando Santos is "never satisfied", says Adrien Silva, who insisted the European champions will not underestimate Morocco.
Portugal will not underestimate Morocco, vows Adrien Silva
Portugal boss Fernando Santos is "never satisfied", says Adrien Silva, who insisted the European champions will not underestimate Morocco.
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group G - Tunisia v England - Volgograd, Russia - June 17, 2018 - A fan walks at fan fest zone. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
FIFA World Cup - Group G - Tunisia v England
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group G - Tunisia v England - Volgograd, Russia - June 17, 2018 - A fan walks at fan fest zone. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group G - Tunisia v England - Volgograd, Russia - June 17, 2018 - A street vendor sells flags ahead of a match. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
FIFA World Cup - Group G - Tunisia v England
Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Group G - Tunisia v England - Volgograd, Russia - June 17, 2018 - A street vendor sells flags ahead of a match. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
FILE PHOTO: Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their second goal past Spain's David De Gea REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: World Cup - Group B - Portugal vs Spain
FILE PHOTO: Fisht Stadium, Sochi, Russia - June 15, 2018 Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scores their second goal past Spain's David De Gea REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo
Mats Hummels, the Germany centre-back, has blamed the defensive indiscipline of his team-mates after the defending champions began their World Cup defence with a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico. Hirving Lozano’s winning goal was scored on the counter-attack and, despite Germany’s dominance of possession, they were repeatedly exposed defensively when they lost the ball and could have fallen to an even heavier defeat. Hummels himself struggled badly but he pointed to the lack of protection that was being afforded to the team’s two centre-backs. “Mexico deserved the win – our cover was often not good and we were left many times with Jérôme [Boateng] and myself at the back,” he said. “If seven of eight players are attacking then it’s clear our attacking power is greater. But that’s something that I have often talked about internally. It doesn’t always bear fruit. “A wake-up call is too late. We now must win two games, otherwise that is that with the World Cup. I don’t really understand why we played like we played because, really, we already had our wake-up call.” Manager Joachim Löw was adamant that Germany will still reach the last 16 but also admitted that the team had not responded adequately to Mexico’s rapid counter-attacks. Germany had previously won all six of their tournament opening matches in which Löw has either been manager or assistant manager by an aggregate 17-2 scoreline. World Cup record: Germany “We were nervous and we weren’t playing the game we wanted to play,” he said. “We just lost the ball up front far too easily, and Mexico had always two or three people up front whom we failed to block efficiently. “We will make it to the next round. In tournaments, losing a match can happen and you have to accept it. We will not become reckless. There is no reason to panic. We have three matches and ample opportunities to correct this result." World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Germany's defence was poor in defeat to Mexico – we must improve if we want to stay in World Cup, says Mats Hummels
Mats Hummels, the Germany centre-back, has blamed the defensive indiscipline of his team-mates after the defending champions began their World Cup defence with a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico. Hirving Lozano’s winning goal was scored on the counter-attack and, despite Germany’s dominance of possession, they were repeatedly exposed defensively when they lost the ball and could have fallen to an even heavier defeat. Hummels himself struggled badly but he pointed to the lack of protection that was being afforded to the team’s two centre-backs. “Mexico deserved the win – our cover was often not good and we were left many times with Jérôme [Boateng] and myself at the back,” he said. “If seven of eight players are attacking then it’s clear our attacking power is greater. But that’s something that I have often talked about internally. It doesn’t always bear fruit. “A wake-up call is too late. We now must win two games, otherwise that is that with the World Cup. I don’t really understand why we played like we played because, really, we already had our wake-up call.” Manager Joachim Löw was adamant that Germany will still reach the last 16 but also admitted that the team had not responded adequately to Mexico’s rapid counter-attacks. Germany had previously won all six of their tournament opening matches in which Löw has either been manager or assistant manager by an aggregate 17-2 scoreline. World Cup record: Germany “We were nervous and we weren’t playing the game we wanted to play,” he said. “We just lost the ball up front far too easily, and Mexico had always two or three people up front whom we failed to block efficiently. “We will make it to the next round. In tournaments, losing a match can happen and you have to accept it. We will not become reckless. There is no reason to panic. We have three matches and ample opportunities to correct this result." World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? It is England vs Tunisia, the first match for Gareth Southgate's side at the 2018 World Cup. After plenty of talk about a positive atmosphere and a relaxed look to this England squad, we get a chance to see the team under tournament pressure. Gareth Southgate's men will be attempting to break a cycle of heartache and humiliation at major tournaments that has plunged the birthplace of football to its lowest ebb. It's no surprise that the nation's expectations are low heading to Russia. England may have won the 1966 World Cup, but have only reached the semi-finals of a tournament twice since then. Will it change this time around? When is it? Monday, June 18, 2018 - ie tonight. Where is it? At the Volgograd Arena, in Volgograd. England vs Tunisia, World Cup 2018 | How long until kick-off? What time is kick-off? It's a 7pm BST start, so make sure to get home from work in good time. What TV channel is it on? The BBC and ITV are sharing coverage of the World Cup, but BBC have rights to the first England match. You can watch their build-up on BBC One from 6.15pm. Alternatively, you can follow this match - and all 64 across the tournament - live here with Telegraph Sport. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Latest team news England England's Fabian Delph is ready to miss a World Cup match to be at the birth of his third child. All eyes are on Monday's Group G opener against Tunisia in Volgograd, with Gareth Southgate's squad made aware of his intended starting line-up two days early. Delph did not give away whether he got the nod but is ready to forego a starting role this summer in order to be by wife Natalie's side. It is hard to remember a similar scenario with England at a major tournament, but the midfielder's partner is due to give birth on June 30 - just two days after the final Group G match against Belgium. "I don't think it would affect me mentally," Delph said. "Obviously I'd have to get back to England and then get back again, so that's obviously not ideal but it's part of life. "I'm about to have my third child and I'm not going to miss it if I can help it, but I want to get back as fast as I can, so we'll have to see." England probable (3-5-2): Pickford, Walker, Stones, Maguire, Trippier, Lingard, Henderson, Dele, Young, Sterling, Kane World Cup whatsapp promo Tunisia Tunisia will field key players Wahbi Khazri and Ali Maaloul in their opening World Cup game against England on Monday after the pair were declared fit as the squad on Saturday headed to Volgograd for their Group G clash. Khazri, who will likely lead the attack, had not played since the end of the Ligue 1 season in France where he had suffered a thigh strain in action for Stade Rennes. Maaloul, whose overlapping runs are also key to Tunisia’s attacking hopes, had been injured playing in last week’s friendly against Spain in Krasnodar but was cleared after scans, officials said on Saturday. Tunisia have already been hard hit by injuries to creative winger Youssef Msakni and striker Taha Yassine Khenissi, who both missed out on the World Cup. Msakni had been invited to watch Monday's game in Volgograd by the Tunisian federation. Here is Tunisia's 23-man squad: Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab, Saudi Arabia), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux, France), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten, Saudi Arabia) Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City, England), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Dylan Bronn (Gent, Belgium), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon, France), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly, Egypt), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek, Egypt) Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes, France), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr, Saudi Arabia), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier, France), Naim Sliti (Dijon, France), Bassem Srarfi (Nice, France) Forwards: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq, Saudi Arabia), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes, France) Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more What do we know about the Tunisia squad? With Youssef Msakni sidelined, Tunisia will be fielding a team at the World Cup that includes several foreign-born players, mainly from France. Indeed, Tunisia's squad is a mix of players mainly from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Egypt, France and domestic leagues. Here's a closer look at the Tunisia team: Coach A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Maaloul took over from Henri Kasperczak two matches into World Cup qualifying for his second spell as coach after a brief tenure in 2013. Maaloul played for Tunisia for a decade from 1985-95. One of very few African coaches in charge of a national team, he has transformed Tunisia from a fairly dour, defensive outfit to one more willing to attack since he took over after the African Cup of Nations in early 2017. He needs to ensure the decision to bring in new players at the expense of some of the men who got Tunisia to the World Cup doesn't upset the team balance or alienate squad members. Goalkeepers Maaloul's biggest decision may be the first name on the sheet after saying he has yet to decide. Aymen Mathlouthi, who is beginning to show frailties at 33 and after 11 years in the team, can no longer be certain of his starting spot. Maaloul must figure out whether to drop the captain and sacrifice experience for 28-year-old Farouk Ben Mustapha, who has been highly-praised in the Saudi league. World Cup 2018 stadiums Defenders Maaloul said he was leaning toward starting the World Cup with the formation used in friendly wins over Iran and Costa Rica in March. That would see 22-year-old French-born Ellyes Skhiri, who made his debut against Iran after a late call-up, start in central defence. Other contenders are 24-year-old home-based player Yassine Meriah, the experienced Syam Ben Youssef and Mohamed Amine Ben Amor. If it's a four-man back line, expect to see right-back Dylan Bronn, another French-born newcomer. Ali Maaloul has been a regular on the left. Both can also operate as wingers in a five-man midfield if Tunisia goes with a three-man defence of big, strong center-backs. Midfielders The challenge of filling the void left by Msakni will likely fall on France-born attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri. He played for the Tunisia and France youth teams before committing to Tunisia. Khazri was partnered in the center of midfield by Anice Badri in Tunisia's last match - forming a potent attacking threat. They are all versatile, operating as attacking midfielders or in a more advanced position in the forward line. Saif-Eddine Khaoui is a similar attack-minded midfielder who has forced himself into the team's plans. Ferjani Sassi has the role of shoring up the middle of the field as the holding midfielder. World Cup predictor Forwards Depending on whether Khazri, Badri, Sliti and newcomer Khaoui are deployed, there may be room for one or perhaps no out-and-out strikers. Ahmed Akaichi and Taha Yassine Khenissi have experience of operating alone up front but recent formations could mean Tunisia's forward line will be based on the versatility of the four attacking midfielders. What are they saying? Gareth Southgate "I think the history can help us in terms of understanding what we can improve upon and what we can do," England manager Southgate said. "You learn lessons from the past, but this team shouldn't be burdened with it because they're a fresh group, most of them have very few international caps. "The future is all ahead of them, so they have to be thinking about what's possible. "The players of the past and opportunities of the past are gone. "This team is looking at things in a different way, trying to play in a different way. "They have a hunger, a desire, we have a better technical players than we've had in the past coming through our academies, so there's a real enthusiasm. "They're looking forward to getting going." Tunisia coach Nabil Maaloul: "For me the best team are Belgium, they are the group favourites. They have a lot of players who play in England and they are currently playing really well for a lot of clubs in England, so they are favourites and second place is between Tunisia and England. I hope it won't be the same scenario as in 1998." Latest news from Volgograd - by Alec Luhn Football Association chairman Greg Clarke, UK deputy ambassador to Russia Lindsay Skoll and British fans have laid wreaths at a Volgograd war memorial before England play Tunisia tonight. The paying of respects marks a small breathe of warm air in the increasingly chilly relations between the UK and Russia. Government ministers and the royal family are boycotting the World Cup following the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal with a Russian military-grade nerve agent in Salisbury. “What this demonstrates more than anything is that the enduring nature of the relationship between the UK and Volgograd outweighs any political ups and downs in our relationship,” deputy ambassador Lindsay Skoll told The Telegraph after the ceremony. Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) National Council member Billy Grant, The CEO of the UK's Football Association Greg Clark, and British Deputy Ambassador in Russia Lindsay Skoll (L-R front) during a wreath laying ceremony at the Hall of Military Glory Credit: Getty Images The battle of Stalingrad, as Volgograd was then known, was the bloodiest clash in history and turned the tide of the war against Hitler's forces. The wreaths were laid at the eternal flame shortly after the changing of the guard in the hall of military glory on Monday morning. The monument complex, where 34,500 of the city's defenders are buried, is topped by The Motherland Calls, the tallest statue in Europe. Key England vs Tunisia talking points AN END TO OPENING-DAY NERVES? England have not won their first fixture at a major tournament since 2006 when they edged Paraguay in Frankfurt. They have since drawn with the United States, France and Russia as well as losing to Italy at the last World Cup. Nerves in the curtain-raising fixture are not restricted to the Three Lions, of course, but their record could certainly do with some polishing. Three points would go a long way to affirming the squad's serene preparations as well as paving the way to the last 16. KANE'S TOURNAMENT DROUGHT Harry Kane has been the Premier League's market-leading finisher for four years, during which he has finessed his end product and built an enviable CV. The one notable omission is a lack of goals in summer tournaments - with the Spurs striker drawing a blank at the Under-21 European Championship and then again with the seniors at Euro 2016. Now he is captain, he must shoulder the burden and has welcomed the rising expectations with open arms. With 13 goals in 24 caps, the shirt clearly doesn't burden him - so can he seize the moment in Russia? 2 x 8 ? Gareth Southgate has pledged to play with one screening midfielder and two 'number eights' - at least against the less expansive opponents like Tunisia and Panama. That makes Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard a crucial axis in the centre of the field. The pair's partnership is still in its infancy though and it is arguable if either man is being utilised in his optimal position. How they dovetail in midfield could determine England's tempo and ability to create scoring chances. PICKFORD NEEDS A STEADY START Unless Southgate springs a major surprise, Jordan Pickford will don the gloves on Monday - making just his fourth appearance and his first in competitive internationals. It would be tempting to view it as a failure in planning but Southgate's selections have been guided by form, not a loyalty programme from the qualifying period. All Pickford needs to do is provide a safe pair of hands, quite literally, but just ask Spain's David De Gea how hard that can be when the heat is on. IN THE STANDS England are well known for their raucous travelling support but ticket sales to Three Lions fans for this tournament have been well down on previous editions. Affordability and logistics are an obvious issue but there have been many other side concerns including British diplomatic tension with Russia, LGBT rights, racism and hooliganism. Will the thinned-out numbers of English fans dent the team's confidence, or might that factor help relieve some of the weight of expectation? PA What are the odds? England to win 1/3 Draw 4/1 Tunisia to win 8/1 What's our prediction? England finished bottom of their group at the last World Cup in Brazil and suffered a humiliating defeat by Iceland in the last-16 at Euro 2016. However, without wishing to tempt face, they could not have asked for an easier start to the tournament this time and should expect to win comfortably. Predicted score: England 2 Tunisia 0. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
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It's the 2018 World Cup and this one is bigger and better than ever for England fans, with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for their TV coverage. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnist Alex Scott is a pundit, while Cesc Fabregas has also been added. ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Gary Neville is part of ITV's coverage of the 2018 World Cup Credit: Sky Sports Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Mon June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F), 1pm - ITV1 Mon June 18: Belgium v Panama (Group G), 4pm - BBC One Mon June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H), 1pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Poland v Senegal (Group H), 4pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Russia v Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg, 7pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B), 1pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), 4pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 TV schedule: How to watch England and every other game on BBC or ITV
It's the 2018 World Cup and this one is bigger and better than ever for England fans, with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for their TV coverage. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnist Alex Scott is a pundit, while Cesc Fabregas has also been added. ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Gary Neville is part of ITV's coverage of the 2018 World Cup Credit: Sky Sports Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Mon June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F), 1pm - ITV1 Mon June 18: Belgium v Panama (Group G), 4pm - BBC One Mon June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H), 1pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Poland v Senegal (Group H), 4pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Russia v Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg, 7pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B), 1pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), 4pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
It's the 2018 World Cup and this one is bigger and better than ever for England fans, with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for their TV coverage. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnist Alex Scott is a pundit, while Cesc Fabregas has also been added. ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Gary Neville is part of ITV's coverage of the 2018 World Cup Credit: Sky Sports Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Mon June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F), 1pm - ITV1 Mon June 18: Belgium v Panama (Group G), 4pm - BBC One Mon June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H), 1pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Poland v Senegal (Group H), 4pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Russia v Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg, 7pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B), 1pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), 4pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018 TV schedule: How to watch England and every other game on BBC or ITV
It's the 2018 World Cup and this one is bigger and better than ever for England fans, with ITV and BBC assembling a stellar line-up of pundits for their TV coverage. The two channels are once again sharing the rights to show the competition to UK audiences, with all 64 matches shown live. Former World Cup Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker is fronting the BBC's coverage of the event while Mark Pougatch is the face of ITV's offering. Regular BBC contributors Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Frank Lampard are joined by fresh additions in Didier Drogba and Pablo Zabaleta. Telegraph Sport columnist Alex Scott is a pundit, while Cesc Fabregas has also been added. ITV also have a stellar line up including former Manchester United players Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Ryan Giggs. Gary Neville is part of ITV's coverage of the 2018 World Cup Credit: Sky Sports Here's a full rundown of which channel will be showing which match. Group Stages Mon June 18: Sweden v South Korea (Group F), 1pm - ITV1 Mon June 18: Belgium v Panama (Group G), 4pm - BBC One Mon June 18: Tunisia v England (Group G), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Colombia v Japan (Group H), 1pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Poland v Senegal (Group H), 4pm - BBC One Tues June 19: Russia v Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg, 7pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Group B), 1pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Group A), 4pm - BBC One Wed June 20: Iran v Spain (Group B), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Denmark v Australia (Group C), 1pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: France v Peru (Group C) - Ekaterinburg, 4pm - ITV1 Thu June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Group D),7pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (Group E), 1pm - ITV1 Fri June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Group D), 4pm - BBC One Fri June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Group E), 7pm - BBC One Sat June 23: Belgium v Tunisia (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sat June 23: South Korea v Mexico (Group F), 4pm - ITV1 Sat June 23: Germany v Sweden (Group F), 7pm - ITV1 Sun June 24: England v Panama (Group G), 1pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Japan v Senegal (Group H) 4pm - BBC One Sun June 24: Poland v Colombia (Group H) 7pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Group A), 3pm - ITV1 Mon June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Group A), 3pm - ITV4 Mon June 25: Spain v Morocco (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Mon June 25: Iran v Portugal (Group B), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Denmark v France (Group C) 3pm - ITV1 Tues June 26: Australia v Peru (Group C), 3pm - ITV4 Tues June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (Group D), 7pm - BBC One Tues June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Group D), 7pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: South Korea v Germany (Group F), 3pm - BBC One Wed June 27: Mexico v Sweden (Group F), 3pm - BBC Two Wed June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Group E), 7pm - ITV1 Wed June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Group E), 7pm - ITV4 Thu June 28: Japan v Poland (Group H), 3pm - BBC One Thu June 28: Senegal v Colombia (Group H), 3pm - BBC Two Thu June 28: England v Belgium (Group G), 7pm - ITV1 Thu June 28: Panama v Tunisia (Group G), 7pm - ITV4 Round of 16 Sat June 30: Winner C v Runner-up D, 3pm - ITV1 Sat June 30: Winner A v Runner-up B, 7pm - ITV1 Sun July 1: Winner B v Runner-up A, 3pm - BBC One Sun July 1: Winner D v Runner-up C, 7pm - ITV1 Mon July 2: Winner E v Runner-up F, 3pm - BBC One Mon July 2: Winner G v Runner-up H, 7pm - BBC One Tues July 3: Winner F v Runner-up E, 3pm - ITV1 Tues July 3: Winner H v Runner-up G, 7pm - BBC One Quarter-finals Fri July 6: Quarter-final one, 3pm - BBC One Fri July 6: Quarter-final two, 7pm - BBC One Saturday July 7: Quarter-final three, 3pm - ITV1 Saturday July 7: Quarter-final four, 7pm - ITV1 Semi-finals Tues July 10: Semi-final one, 7pm - ITV1 Weds July 11: Semi-final two, 7pm - BBC One Sat July 14: Third place play-off: Losers of two semi-finals, 3pm - ITV1 Final Sun July 15: World Cup final, 4pm ITV1 and BBC One World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
May 26, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA: Caster Semenya (RSA) wins the women's 800m during the 44th Prefontaine Classic in an IAAF Diamond League meet at Hayward Field. The time is the fastest ever run in the United States. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Track and Field: 44th Prefontaine Classic
May 26, 2018; Eugene, OR, USA: Caster Semenya (RSA) wins the women's 800m during the 44th Prefontaine Classic in an IAAF Diamond League meet at Hayward Field. The time is the fastest ever run in the United States. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup by Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic after the AC Milan forward refused to come on as a second-half substitute during the 2-0 defeat of Nigeria on Saturday, according to reports. Kalinic, 30, who was starting his fourth successive international on the bench, claimed he had a back injury before telling Dalic he was unable to play. Speaking after his side's 2-0 win that made them Group D leaders ahead of Iceland, Argentina and Nigeria, Dalic, according to Croatian media reports, said his side had finished the match in Kaliningrad without any injuries but “with a problem”. The news will sour what had been a positive start to the tournament after Luka Modric had scored from the penalty spot to seal all three points for Croatia after an own-goal from Oghenekaro Etebo had handed Dalic's side the lead. Modric converted in the 71st minute when referee Sandro Ricci awarded a penalty after William Ekong held onto Mario Mandzukic, the only recognised Croatia No 9 following Kalinic's dismissal. The Croatian Football Federation has yet to confirm Kalinic's expulsion from the tournament, though are expected to confirm it later on Monday during a press conference three days ahead of their game with Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic sent home from 2018 World Cup after refusing to play against Nigeria
Nikola Kalinic has been sent home from the World Cup by Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic after the AC Milan forward refused to come on as a second-half substitute during the 2-0 defeat of Nigeria on Saturday, according to reports. Kalinic, 30, who was starting his fourth successive international on the bench, claimed he had a back injury before telling Dalic he was unable to play. Speaking after his side's 2-0 win that made them Group D leaders ahead of Iceland, Argentina and Nigeria, Dalic, according to Croatian media reports, said his side had finished the match in Kaliningrad without any injuries but “with a problem”. The news will sour what had been a positive start to the tournament after Luka Modric had scored from the penalty spot to seal all three points for Croatia after an own-goal from Oghenekaro Etebo had handed Dalic's side the lead. Modric converted in the 71st minute when referee Sandro Ricci awarded a penalty after William Ekong held onto Mario Mandzukic, the only recognised Croatia No 9 following Kalinic's dismissal. The Croatian Football Federation has yet to confirm Kalinic's expulsion from the tournament, though are expected to confirm it later on Monday during a press conference three days ahead of their game with Argentina in Nizhny Novgorod. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon turned down a Italy call-up in June but Roberto Mancini has left the door open for a return.
Mancini leaves door open for Buffon's Italy return
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon turned down a Italy call-up in June but Roberto Mancini has left the door open for a return.
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Neymar with Switzerland's Granit Xhaka during the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Neymar with Switzerland's Granit Xhaka during the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Roberto Firmino shakes hands with Switzerland's Granit Xhaka after the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Roberto Firmino shakes hands with Switzerland's Granit Xhaka after the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez in action with Brazil's Willian REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez in action with Brazil's Willian REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Granit Xhaka in action with Brazil's Gabriel Jesus REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Granit Xhaka in action with Brazil's Gabriel Jesus REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Marcelo in action with Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez and Steven Zuber REUTERS/Marko Djurica
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Marcelo in action with Switzerland's Ricardo Rodriguez and Steven Zuber REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Steven Zuber celebrates scoring their first goal with Haris Seferovic REUTERS/Darren Staples
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Steven Zuber celebrates scoring their first goal with Haris Seferovic REUTERS/Darren Staples
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Steven Zuber celebrates with Haris Seferovic after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Marko Djurica
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Steven Zuber celebrates with Haris Seferovic after scoring their first goal REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Valon Behrami and Blerim Dzemaili in action with Brazil's Neymar REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Switzerland's Valon Behrami and Blerim Dzemaili in action with Brazil's Neymar REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Neymar in action with Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Neymar in action with Switzerland's Stephan Lichtsteiner and Granit Xhaka REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Renato Augusto and Danilo look dejected after the match REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Renato Augusto and Danilo look dejected after the match REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil players look dejected after the match REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil players look dejected after the match REUTERS/Jason Cairnduff
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 The players look on after Switzerland's Fabian Schar blocks a shot from Brazil's Renato Augusto REUTERS/Darren Staples
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 The players look on after Switzerland's Fabian Schar blocks a shot from Brazil's Renato Augusto REUTERS/Darren Staples
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Thiago Silva look dejected at the end of the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 Brazil's Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Thiago Silva look dejected at the end of the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 General view of the Brazil players during the national anthem before the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland - Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don, Russia - June 17, 2018 General view of the Brazil players during the national anthem before the match REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
World Cup Diary - Day Five: 'The Truncheon' speaks and a trip to the top of Olympia
Dele Alli has issued a rallying cry to his England team-mates ahead of their opening World Cup match against Tunisia in Volgograd.
Alli calls for England to be ruthless in World Cup opener
Dele Alli has issued a rallying cry to his England team-mates ahead of their opening World Cup match against Tunisia in Volgograd.
El seleccionador mantuvo un encuentro con la prensa en Krasnodar en la que respaldó al portero del Manchester United tras sus errores ante Portugal.
Hierro confirma a De Gea ante Irán: "Necesita confianza"
El seleccionador mantuvo un encuentro con la prensa en Krasnodar en la que respaldó al portero del Manchester United tras sus errores ante Portugal.
Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
World Cup - Group E - Brazil vs Switzerland
Switzerland's Steven Zuber scores their first goal. REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany fan looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany fan looks dejected after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's fans celebrate victory of their team after the match. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's fans celebrate victory of their team after the match. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Edson Alvarez, Miguel Layun and Carlos Salcedo celebrate at full time as Germany's Thomas Muller looks dejected REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Edson Alvarez, Miguel Layun and Carlos Salcedo celebrate at full time as Germany's Thomas Muller looks dejected REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with Andres Guardado REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Hirving Lozano celebrates scoring their first goal with Andres Guardado REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa celebrates after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa celebrates after the match REUTERS/Carl Recine
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico
Soccer Football - World Cup - Group F - Germany vs Mexico - Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia - June 17, 2018 Germany's Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich in action with Mexico's Hector Moreno, Raul Jimenez and Jesus Gallardo REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
South Africa have included uncapped duo Reeza Hendricks and Junior Dala in a 15-man squad for the one-day series against Sri Lanka.
Tahir rested as Proteas call up uncapped duo
South Africa have included uncapped duo Reeza Hendricks and Junior Dala in a 15-man squad for the one-day series against Sri Lanka.
Dressed to the nines, some 40,000 spectators flocked to Sunday's Prix de Diane race in Chantilly, just north of Paris (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
Dressed to the nines, some 40,000 spectators flocked to Sunday's Prix de Diane race in Chantilly, just north of Paris
Dressed to the nines, some 40,000 spectators flocked to Sunday's Prix de Diane race in Chantilly, just north of Paris (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
The Prix de Diane race takes place next to the Chateau de Chantilly, just north of Paris (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
The Prix de Diane race takes place next to the Chateau de Chantilly, just north of Paris
The Prix de Diane race takes place next to the Chateau de Chantilly, just north of Paris (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
Founded in 1843, the Prix de Diane race in Chantilly, just north of Paris, has been hailed as a showcase of French elegance (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
Founded in 1843, the Prix de Diane race in Chantilly, just north of Paris, has been hailed as a showcase of French elegance
Founded in 1843, the Prix de Diane race in Chantilly, just north of Paris, has been hailed as a showcase of French elegance (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
Some of the hats at the Prix de Diane took inspiration from the race itself, albeit obliquely -- such as this creation featuring a horse and a pineapple inside a bird cage (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
Some of the hats at the Prix de Diane took inspiration from the race itself, albeit obliquely -- such as this creation featuring a horse and a pineapple inside a bird cage
Some of the hats at the Prix de Diane took inspiration from the race itself, albeit obliquely -- such as this creation featuring a horse and a pineapple inside a bird cage (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
While many come for the racing at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly, north of Paris, plenty of others come simply to see and be seen (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
While many come for the racing at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly, north of Paris, plenty of others come simply to see and be seen
While many come for the racing at the Prix de Diane in Chantilly, north of Paris, plenty of others come simply to see and be seen (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
This year's Prix de Diane was won by feisty English 7-1 shot Laurens, ridden by British jockey PJ Mcdonald (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
This year's Prix de Diane was won by feisty English 7-1 shot Laurens, ridden by British jockey PJ Mcdonald
This year's Prix de Diane was won by feisty English 7-1 shot Laurens, ridden by British jockey PJ Mcdonald (AFP Photo/LUCAS BARIOULET)
N'Golo Kante was singled out for praise by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after his starring performance at the World Cup in Russia.
'One of the most influential midfielders ever' - Wenger heaps praise on Kante
N'Golo Kante was singled out for praise by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger after his starring performance at the World Cup in Russia.
England will be without talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowler Chris Woakes for the remainder of the Australian ODI series as they continue to recover from hamstring and thigh injuries respectively (AFP Photo/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
England will be without talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowler Chris Woakes for the remainder of the Australian ODI series as they continue to recover from hamstring and thigh injuries respectively
England will be without talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes and pace bowler Chris Woakes for the remainder of the Australian ODI series as they continue to recover from hamstring and thigh injuries respectively (AFP Photo/SAJJAD HUSSAIN)
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Print your World Cup 2018 calendar
A feast of football is here, with 64 World Cup matches taking place up to the final on July 15. With up to four matches broadcast on any one day, it's going to take plenty of planning to ensure you watch as much of the Russia tournament as possible. To help you do just that, we have put together a World Cup calendar that includes all the matches, the kick-off times and TV channel details. Simply click on the link below, print and get ready for another big summer of tournament football. Download your World Cup 2018 calendar here World Cup 2018 | All you need to know
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El danés William Kvist yace en la cancha mientras el peruano Jefferson Farfán le sostiene la mano y el árbitro de Gambia Bakary Gassama observa la acción durante el duelo del Grupo C entre Perú y Dinamarca en la Arena Mordovia de Saransk, Rusia, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Gregorio Borgia)
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El danés William Kvist yace en la cancha mientras el peruano Jefferson Farfán le sostiene la mano y el árbitro de Gambia Bakary Gassama observa la acción durante el duelo del Grupo C entre Perú y Dinamarca en la Arena Mordovia de Saransk, Rusia, el sábado 16 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Gregorio Borgia)
What is it? The World Cup 2018 match between Belgium and Panama. Two of England's Group G rivals will go head to head in their first game of this year's tournament. When is it? This Monday, 18 June - ie today. What time is kick-off? 16.00 BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One, which you will be able to stick with for Tunisia vs England which immediately follows this game. Alternatively, you can follow both fixtures here. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? In Sochi. You may remember it from the 2014 Winter Olympics. It's a Fisht-called stadium. Look here: World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? Some minor concerns about Eden Hazard last week were allayed by Roberto Martinez last week. He should be fit to play. Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez limped out of training several days ago, but has been back in since and should also be available to his manager. Those squads in full: Belgium Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). Credit: AFP PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What should you know about these teams? Belgium Coach: Roberto Martinez Star player: Eden Hazard World Cup best: Fourth place 1986 Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago. They are tipped to go far having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype. Panama Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Star player: Blas Perez World Cup best: Debut Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier. Little is expected of them and even a draw against Belgium would be a huge shock. What are the odds? Belgium: 1/7 Panama: 20/1 The draw: 6/1 What's our prediction? A reasonably spirited defensive job from Panama but ultimately Belgium to get it done. Predicted score: Belgium 2 Panama 0 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Belgium vs Panama: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The World Cup 2018 match between Belgium and Panama. Two of England's Group G rivals will go head to head in their first game of this year's tournament. When is it? This Monday, 18 June - ie today. What time is kick-off? 16.00 BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One, which you will be able to stick with for Tunisia vs England which immediately follows this game. Alternatively, you can follow both fixtures here. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? In Sochi. You may remember it from the 2014 Winter Olympics. It's a Fisht-called stadium. Look here: World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? Some minor concerns about Eden Hazard last week were allayed by Roberto Martinez last week. He should be fit to play. Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez limped out of training several days ago, but has been back in since and should also be available to his manager. Those squads in full: Belgium Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). Credit: AFP PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What should you know about these teams? Belgium Coach: Roberto Martinez Star player: Eden Hazard World Cup best: Fourth place 1986 Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago. They are tipped to go far having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype. Panama Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Star player: Blas Perez World Cup best: Debut Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier. Little is expected of them and even a draw against Belgium would be a huge shock. What are the odds? Belgium: 1/7 Panama: 20/1 The draw: 6/1 What's our prediction? A reasonably spirited defensive job from Panama but ultimately Belgium to get it done. Predicted score: Belgium 2 Panama 0 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? The World Cup 2018 match between Belgium and Panama. Two of England's Group G rivals will go head to head in their first game of this year's tournament. When is it? This Monday, 18 June - ie today. What time is kick-off? 16.00 BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One, which you will be able to stick with for Tunisia vs England which immediately follows this game. Alternatively, you can follow both fixtures here. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? In Sochi. You may remember it from the 2014 Winter Olympics. It's a Fisht-called stadium. Look here: World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? Some minor concerns about Eden Hazard last week were allayed by Roberto Martinez last week. He should be fit to play. Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez limped out of training several days ago, but has been back in since and should also be available to his manager. Those squads in full: Belgium Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). Credit: AFP PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What should you know about these teams? Belgium Coach: Roberto Martinez Star player: Eden Hazard World Cup best: Fourth place 1986 Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago. They are tipped to go far having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype. Panama Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Star player: Blas Perez World Cup best: Debut Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier. Little is expected of them and even a draw against Belgium would be a huge shock. What are the odds? Belgium: 1/7 Panama: 20/1 The draw: 6/1 What's our prediction? A reasonably spirited defensive job from Panama but ultimately Belgium to get it done. Predicted score: Belgium 2 Panama 0 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Belgium vs Panama: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The World Cup 2018 match between Belgium and Panama. Two of England's Group G rivals will go head to head in their first game of this year's tournament. When is it? This Monday, 18 June - ie today. What time is kick-off? 16.00 BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One, which you will be able to stick with for Tunisia vs England which immediately follows this game. Alternatively, you can follow both fixtures here. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? In Sochi. You may remember it from the 2014 Winter Olympics. It's a Fisht-called stadium. Look here: World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? Some minor concerns about Eden Hazard last week were allayed by Roberto Martinez last week. He should be fit to play. Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez limped out of training several days ago, but has been back in since and should also be available to his manager. Those squads in full: Belgium Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). Credit: AFP PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What should you know about these teams? Belgium Coach: Roberto Martinez Star player: Eden Hazard World Cup best: Fourth place 1986 Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago. They are tipped to go far having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype. Panama Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Star player: Blas Perez World Cup best: Debut Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier. Little is expected of them and even a draw against Belgium would be a huge shock. What are the odds? Belgium: 1/7 Panama: 20/1 The draw: 6/1 What's our prediction? A reasonably spirited defensive job from Panama but ultimately Belgium to get it done. Predicted score: Belgium 2 Panama 0 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
What is it? The World Cup 2018 match between Belgium and Panama. Two of England's Group G rivals will go head to head in their first game of this year's tournament. When is it? This Monday, 18 June - ie today. What time is kick-off? 16.00 BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One, which you will be able to stick with for Tunisia vs England which immediately follows this game. Alternatively, you can follow both fixtures here. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? In Sochi. You may remember it from the 2014 Winter Olympics. It's a Fisht-called stadium. Look here: World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? Some minor concerns about Eden Hazard last week were allayed by Roberto Martinez last week. He should be fit to play. Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez limped out of training several days ago, but has been back in since and should also be available to his manager. Those squads in full: Belgium Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). Credit: AFP PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What should you know about these teams? Belgium Coach: Roberto Martinez Star player: Eden Hazard World Cup best: Fourth place 1986 Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago. They are tipped to go far having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype. Panama Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Star player: Blas Perez World Cup best: Debut Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier. Little is expected of them and even a draw against Belgium would be a huge shock. What are the odds? Belgium: 1/7 Panama: 20/1 The draw: 6/1 What's our prediction? A reasonably spirited defensive job from Panama but ultimately Belgium to get it done. Predicted score: Belgium 2 Panama 0 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Belgium vs Panama: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? The World Cup 2018 match between Belgium and Panama. Two of England's Group G rivals will go head to head in their first game of this year's tournament. When is it? This Monday, 18 June - ie today. What time is kick-off? 16.00 BST. What TV channel is it on? BBC One, which you will be able to stick with for Tunisia vs England which immediately follows this game. Alternatively, you can follow both fixtures here. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? In Sochi. You may remember it from the 2014 Winter Olympics. It's a Fisht-called stadium. Look here: World Cup 2018 stadium: Fisht Stadium What is the team news? Some minor concerns about Eden Hazard last week were allayed by Roberto Martinez last week. He should be fit to play. Panama midfielder Jose Luis Rodriguez limped out of training several days ago, but has been back in since and should also be available to his manager. Those squads in full: Belgium Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (VfL Wolfsburg). Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City). Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur). Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea/Dortmund), Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli). Credit: AFP PANAMA Goalkeepers: Jaime Penedo (Dinamo Bucharest), Jose Calderon (Chorrillo FC), Alex Rodriguez (San Francisco FC). Defenders: Michael Murillo (New York Red Bulls), Harold Cummings (San Jose Earthquakes), Fidel Escobar (New York Red Bulls), Roman Torres (Seattle Sounders FC), Adolfo Machado (Houston Dynamo), Eric Davis (DAC Dunajska Streda), Luis Ovalle (CD Olimpia), Felipe Baloy (CSD Municipal). Midfielders: Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga), Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula), Armando Cooper (Club Universidad de Chile), Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador), Alberto Quintero (Universitario Lima), Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes), Jose Luis Rodriguez (KAA Gent). Forwards: Blas Perez (CSD Municipal), Gabriel Torres (CD Huachipato), Ismael Diaz (Deportivo La Coruña), Abdiel Arroyo (LD Alajuelense), Luis Tejada (Sport Boys). World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What should you know about these teams? Belgium Coach: Roberto Martinez Star player: Eden Hazard World Cup best: Fourth place 1986 Unbeaten in qualifying, Belgium's hugely talented squad will be hoping to build on their quarter-final appearance four years ago. They are tipped to go far having reached the same stage at Euro 2016. It is time for their 'Golden Generation' to live up to the hype. Panama Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez Star player: Blas Perez World Cup best: Debut Panama have been edging closer to reaching the World Cup finals for the first time in recent tournaments and crossed the line this time thanks to a last-gasp 2-1 victory over Costa Rica in their final qualifier. Little is expected of them and even a draw against Belgium would be a huge shock. What are the odds? Belgium: 1/7 Panama: 20/1 The draw: 6/1 What's our prediction? A reasonably spirited defensive job from Panama but ultimately Belgium to get it done. Predicted score: Belgium 2 Panama 0 WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Germany Squad Announcement - Eppan, Italy - June 4, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
FIFA World Cup - Germany Squad Announcement
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Germany Squad Announcement - Eppan, Italy - June 4, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Germany Squad Announcement - Eppan, Italy - June 4, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
FIFA World Cup - Germany Squad Announcement
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup - Germany Squad Announcement - Eppan, Italy - June 4, 2018 Germany coach Joachim Loew during the press conference REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
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Joshua Kimmich believes a lack of competitive match sharpness was to blame for Germany's World Cup opener defeat to Mexico.
Kimmich questions Germany mentality after shock defeat
Joshua Kimmich believes a lack of competitive match sharpness was to blame for Germany's World Cup opener defeat to Mexico.
The 29-year-old has notched 89 times in the last three Bundesliga campaigns but believes there is more to come
I’m just hitting my peak – Lewandowski sends out World Cup warning
The 29-year-old has notched 89 times in the last three Bundesliga campaigns but believes there is more to come
Australian half-back Tyrone Roberts will depart Warrington at the end of the season and return to the NRL for family reasons.
Roberts to leave Warrington Wolves
Australian half-back Tyrone Roberts will depart Warrington at the end of the season and return to the NRL for family reasons.
Adam Collins and Daniel Norcross talk us through what England's emphatic series lead could mean ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Summer of Cricket: Buttler, Roy lead hosts to 2-0 lead
Adam Collins and Daniel Norcross talk us through what England's emphatic series lead could mean ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Adam Collins and Daniel Norcross talk us through what England's emphatic series lead could mean ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Summer of Cricket: Buttler, Roy lead hosts to 2-0 lead
Adam Collins and Daniel Norcross talk us through what England's emphatic series lead could mean ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Adam Collins and Daniel Norcross talk us through what England's emphatic series lead could mean ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
Summer of Cricket: Buttler, Roy lead hosts to 2-0 lead
Adam Collins and Daniel Norcross talk us through what England's emphatic series lead could mean ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
What is it? Why, it's only the World Cup 2018 game between Sweden and South Korea, the second match from Group F following the meeting between world champions Germany and perennial under-achievers Mexico. When is it? Monday June 18, 2018 - ie today. What time is kick-off? The match starts at 3pm local time, or 1pm if you are in Britain. What TV channel is it on? The match will be broadcast on ITV with their programme getting under way at 12.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow all the action right here with our minute-by-minute liveblog. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? The match will be held at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the home of FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod, in Nizhny Novgorod. Obviously. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Sweden manager Janne Andersson has a tendency to favour consistency in his squad selection and is expected to more-or-less stick with the starting XI that guided his team to the finals. Sweden possible XI (4-4-2): Olsen; Augustinsson, Granqvist, Lindelof, Krafth; Forsberg, Ekdal, Larsson, Durmaz; Berg, Toivonen. Hwang Hee-chan, the RB Salzburg striker, is expected to start up front alongside the Spurs forward Son Heung-min. South Korea possible XI (4-3-3): Kim Seung-gyu; Park Joo-ho, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-woo, Lee Yong; Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-sung, Koo Ja-cheol, Jung Woo-young; Heung-min Son, Hwang Hee-chan. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? Unfazed by the absence of their greatest player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedish fans believe the team may be more cohesive without him and could start the World Cup with a bang. Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden, matching that dominance with a larger-than-life personality and ego but he retired from international duty before the qualifiers, and, despite speculation he could reverse his decision, there was to be no comeback for Russia. "We were second at the 1958 World Cup, third in 1994. Now we're coming first -- yes, even without Zlatan!" said ebullient fan Nicklas Haellman, 38, predicting a 5-0 win for the Sweden in their opener against South Korea on Monday. "He was the best we ever had. We all love him. But now he is too busy making commercials to play for us." While not sharing quite such heady expectations, compatriots at a sun-baked fan zone in Nizhny Novgorod where Monday's game will be played, agreed there was life after Zlatan for Sweden. "Now it is more of a team effort," said Magnus Hurtig, 35. "And of course it is Forsberg's time now to shine," he added of Emil Forsberg, the pacy winger who has inherited Ibrahimovic's No. 10 shirt and is Sweden's main attacking threat. Proudly wearing the yellow Swedish shirt in anticipation of Monday's game, Marcus Karlsson confessed he had some split loyalties. He recently married a South Korean woman and was just back from holiday there. "The Koreans are not very hopeful. They think their team is pretty bad!" he laughed while watching Saturday's France v Australia game at the fan zone. The official Swedish fan club predicted between 6,000 and 8,000 fans would be arriving in Nizhny Novgorod. "We have a good team, we are optimistic. Remember we didn't get to Rio in 2014 with Zlatan, and yet here we are in Russia without him. We have great team spirit, and that takes you a long way," said fan club manager Christoffer Lund, 31. "Even so, there's no-one like Zlatan. He has great personality, even though some would say it's not the typical Swedish manner," added Lund, his face painted in mini-Swedish flags. What are the odds? Sweden to win: Evens Draw: 11/5 South Korea to win: 16/5 What's our prediction? South Korea to nick it to win 2-1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
World Cup 2018, Sweden vs South Korea: What time is kick-off today, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
What is it? Why, it's only the World Cup 2018 game between Sweden and South Korea, the second match from Group F following the meeting between world champions Germany and perennial under-achievers Mexico. When is it? Monday June 18, 2018 - ie today. What time is kick-off? The match starts at 3pm local time, or 1pm if you are in Britain. What TV channel is it on? The match will be broadcast on ITV with their programme getting under way at 12.30pm. Alternatively, you can follow all the action right here with our minute-by-minute liveblog. World Cup 2018 Simulator Single Game Where is the game being played? The match will be held at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, the home of FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod, in Nizhny Novgorod. Obviously. World Cup 2018 stadium: Nizhny Nogorod Stadium What is the team news? Sweden manager Janne Andersson has a tendency to favour consistency in his squad selection and is expected to more-or-less stick with the starting XI that guided his team to the finals. Sweden possible XI (4-4-2): Olsen; Augustinsson, Granqvist, Lindelof, Krafth; Forsberg, Ekdal, Larsson, Durmaz; Berg, Toivonen. Hwang Hee-chan, the RB Salzburg striker, is expected to start up front alongside the Spurs forward Son Heung-min. South Korea possible XI (4-3-3): Kim Seung-gyu; Park Joo-ho, Kim Young-gwon, Kim Min-woo, Lee Yong; Ki Sung-yueng, Lee Jae-sung, Koo Ja-cheol, Jung Woo-young; Heung-min Son, Hwang Hee-chan. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more What's the latest news on the two teams? Unfazed by the absence of their greatest player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Swedish fans believe the team may be more cohesive without him and could start the World Cup with a bang. Ibrahimovic scored 62 goals in 116 games for Sweden, matching that dominance with a larger-than-life personality and ego but he retired from international duty before the qualifiers, and, despite speculation he could reverse his decision, there was to be no comeback for Russia. "We were second at the 1958 World Cup, third in 1994. Now we're coming first -- yes, even without Zlatan!" said ebullient fan Nicklas Haellman, 38, predicting a 5-0 win for the Sweden in their opener against South Korea on Monday. "He was the best we ever had. We all love him. But now he is too busy making commercials to play for us." While not sharing quite such heady expectations, compatriots at a sun-baked fan zone in Nizhny Novgorod where Monday's game will be played, agreed there was life after Zlatan for Sweden. "Now it is more of a team effort," said Magnus Hurtig, 35. "And of course it is Forsberg's time now to shine," he added of Emil Forsberg, the pacy winger who has inherited Ibrahimovic's No. 10 shirt and is Sweden's main attacking threat. Proudly wearing the yellow Swedish shirt in anticipation of Monday's game, Marcus Karlsson confessed he had some split loyalties. He recently married a South Korean woman and was just back from holiday there. "The Koreans are not very hopeful. They think their team is pretty bad!" he laughed while watching Saturday's France v Australia game at the fan zone. The official Swedish fan club predicted between 6,000 and 8,000 fans would be arriving in Nizhny Novgorod. "We have a good team, we are optimistic. Remember we didn't get to Rio in 2014 with Zlatan, and yet here we are in Russia without him. We have great team spirit, and that takes you a long way," said fan club manager Christoffer Lund, 31. "Even so, there's no-one like Zlatan. He has great personality, even though some would say it's not the typical Swedish manner," added Lund, his face painted in mini-Swedish flags. What are the odds? Sweden to win: Evens Draw: 11/5 South Korea to win: 16/5 What's our prediction? South Korea to nick it to win 2-1. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Las expresiones de soberanía nacional son recurrentes a lo largo y ancho del planeta y también en Asia se sirven del fútbol para vehicular su mensaje.
Cuando el soberanismo se coló en la selección de Corea del Sur
Las expresiones de soberanía nacional son recurrentes a lo largo y ancho del planeta y también en Asia se sirven del fútbol para vehicular su mensaje.
Las expresiones de soberanía nacional son recurrentes a lo largo y ancho del planeta y también en Asia se sirven del fútbol para vehicular su mensaje.
Cuando el soberanismo se coló en la selección de Corea del Sur
Las expresiones de soberanía nacional son recurrentes a lo largo y ancho del planeta y también en Asia se sirven del fútbol para vehicular su mensaje.
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Cara a Cara: Polonia vs Senegal
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Cara a Cara: Polonia vs Senegal
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Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the World Cup, is ready to leave the A-League, with the Eredivisie seemingly an option.
Australia talent Arzani ready to make the jump from A-League
Daniel Arzani, the youngest player at the World Cup, is ready to leave the A-League, with the Eredivisie seemingly an option.
Ahmed finally opened his account for Mathare in the 1-1 draw against Vihiga United
Mathare United midfielder Ahmed Ahmad set season's goal target
Ahmed finally opened his account for Mathare in the 1-1 draw against Vihiga United
El egipcio Mohamed Salah llega al encuentro entre Egipto y Uruguay dentro del Grupo A del Mundial 2018 en la Arena Ekaterimburgo de Rusia, el viernes 15 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El egipcio Mohamed Salah llega al encuentro entre Egipto y Uruguay dentro del Grupo A del Mundial 2018 en la Arena Ekaterimburgo de Rusia, el viernes 15 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El egipcio Mohamed Salah llega al encuentro entre Egipto y Uruguay dentro del Grupo A del Mundial 2018 en la Arena Ekaterimburgo de Rusia, el viernes 15 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El delantero de Egipto Mohamed Salah tras el partido contra Uruguay por el Grupo A del Mundial en Ekaterimburgo, el viernes 15 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El delantero de Egipto Mohamed Salah tras el partido contra Uruguay por el Grupo A del Mundial en Ekaterimburgo, el viernes 15 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
El delantero de Egipto Mohamed Salah tras el partido contra Uruguay por el Grupo A del Mundial en Ekaterimburgo, el viernes 15 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
Jun 17, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar (5) hits a double in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Cleveland Indians
Jun 17, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Minnesota Twins third baseman Eduardo Escobar (5) hits a double in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) hits a single to drive in 2 runs in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers
Jun 17, 2018; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco (7) hits a single to drive in 2 runs in the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Randal Grichuk (15) steals second base against Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) during the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays
Jun 17, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays left fielder Randal Grichuk (15) steals second base against Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner (7) during the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) makes a diving catch for an out during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Chicago Cubs at St. Louis Cardinals
Jun 17, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. (5) makes a diving catch for an out during the ninth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Travis Jankowski (16) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) after his foot came off the base on a steal attempt during the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
Jun 17, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Travis Jankowski (16) is tagged out by Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson (7) after his foot came off the base on a steal attempt during the sixth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) slides into third base ahead of the tag by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals
Jun 17, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) slides into third base ahead of the tag by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) slides into third base ahead of the tag by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Houston Astros at Kansas City Royals
Jun 17, 2018; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) slides into third base ahead of the tag by Houston Astros third baseman Alex Bregman (2) in the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (31) reacts after hitting a fly out against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers
Jun 17, 2018; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (31) reacts after hitting a fly out against the San Francisco Giants during the third inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (32) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: New York Mets at Arizona Diamondbacks
Jun 17, 2018; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (32) pitches against the New York Mets during the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Carlos Gomez (27) hits a single in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees
Jun 17, 2018; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Carlos Gomez (27) hits a single in the fourth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Miami Marlins at Baltimore Orioles
Jun 17, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado (13) hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Miami Marlins at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) steals second base as Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon (9) fields the throw during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Boston Red Sox at Seattle Mariners
Jun 17, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi (16) steals second base as Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon (9) fields the throw during the seventh inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (21) is tagged out by Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) after being picked-off on a steal attempt of second base during the seventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Detroit Tigers at Chicago White Sox
Jun 17, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Detroit Tigers center fielder JaCoby Jones (21) is tagged out by Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) after being picked-off on a steal attempt of second base during the seventh inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Curt Casali (38) tags Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (55) out at home plate during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
MLB: Cincinnati Reds at Pittsburgh Pirates
Jun 17, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Reds catcher Curt Casali (38) tags Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (55) out at home plate during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Bayern Munich and Poland star Robert Lewandowski has long been one of Europe's best strikers but feels he is only just entering his prime.
Lewandowski: I can be at the top until I'm 35
Bayern Munich and Poland star Robert Lewandowski has long been one of Europe's best strikers but feels he is only just entering his prime.
England's World Cup 2018 starts tonight against Tunisia and the squad - picked, according to Gareth Southgate, to excite the nation - will face a group that includes a favourite, an undefeated qualifier and a team that provided one of the stories of the tournament just by qualifying. When Southgate revealed his 23-man squad much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 Tunisia vs England (Volgograd), 7pm BST. Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
England World Cup 2018 guide: Fixtures, squad news, matches and group analysis
England's World Cup 2018 starts tonight against Tunisia and the squad - picked, according to Gareth Southgate, to excite the nation - will face a group that includes a favourite, an undefeated qualifier and a team that provided one of the stories of the tournament just by qualifying. When Southgate revealed his 23-man squad much of the focus landed on Adam Lallana, the big-name omission, who had to make do with the standby list. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which we can be excited about,” said Southgate. “We have a lot of energy and athleticism in the team, but players that are equally comfortable in possession of the ball and I think people can see the style of play we’ve been looking to develop. “It is a young group, but with some really important senior players so I feel the balance of the squad is good, both in terms of its experience, its character and also the positional balance.” Dreamt of going to a World Cup since I was a kid. Today that dream come true, an honour to represent the 3 Lions this summer! �� @Englandpic.twitter.com/e6c8agtVar— Trent Arnold (@trentaa98) May 16, 2018 Who made England's 23-man squad? Here's who will feature in England's World Cup squad: Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Nick Pope (Burnley). Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Ashley Young (Manchester United). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea). Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal). Standby: Lewis Cook (Bournemouth), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jake Livermore (West Brom), James Tarkowski (Burnley). Gareth Southgate decided to leave Joe Hart and Jack Wilshere at home and has picked a squad heavily-loaded with defenders, reflective of his desire to play with three centre-backs and wing-backs. Trent-Alexander-Arnold could win his first England in Russia while the inclusion of Ruben Loftus-Cheek also speaks to Southgate's bold approach. Harry Kane will captain the side. Who is in your starting team? England Formation Builder Who is in England's group? England are in Group G alongside Belgium, Tunisia and Panama. Belgium: One of the favourites for the competition with a dazzling array of talent. England will be familiar with most of their key players: Thibuat Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku among others, all play in the Premier League. England's toughest opponent by a distance. Tunisia: Potentially tricky opposition who will look to frustrate England. Were unbeaten in qualifying and Sunderland winger Wahbi Khazri could be a danger man. Nevertheless, a team England should beat if they have aspirations to reach the latter stages. Panama: One of the stories of the tournament, having qualified for the finals for the first time in dramatic fashion. England will be heavy favorites to swat them aside. When do England play? Monday June 18 Tunisia vs England (Volgograd), 7pm BST. Sunday June 24 England vs Panama (Nizhny Novgorod), 1pm BST. Thursday June 28 England vs Belgium (Kaliningrad), 7pm BST. Should England progress from their group, their last-16 match will be on Monday July 2 (if they win the group) or Tuesday July 2 (if they finish runners-up in the group). Should England progress beyond that stage, their quarter-final will either be: Friday 6 July Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 - Kazan, 7pm BST. OR Saturday 7 July Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 - Samara, 3pm BST. World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more And the rest... Semi-finals Tuesday 10 July Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 - St Petersburg, 7pm BST. Wednesday 11 July Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 - Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm BST. Third place play-off Saturday 14 July Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 - St Petersburg, 3pm BST. Final Sunday 15 July Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm BST. How will England line-up - and what are their tactics? JJ Bull explains how crucial the wing-backs will be to Gareth Southgate's campaign in Russia. What happened in 2014? England were eliminated in the group stages with just one point and two goals to show from their two games. They were beaten 2-1 by Italy in their opening game despite an encouraging performance, before Luis Suarez's goal confirmed their exit in the second match against Uruguay. A dead rubber against Costa Rica finished goalless. What is Gareth Southgate saying? “The selection process has been over months really, it’s not just been the last few weeks,” said Southgate. “We feel the team are improving and we want to continue that momentum. “The first call up for Trent Alexander-Arnold is well deserved. When we pick young players, it’s not just because they are young, it’s because their performances deserve it. “We’ve also had a couple of injuries with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez, which is a huge blow for them personally and disappointing for us.” Adam Lallana was omitted after missing most of the season through injury Credit: Getty images Goalkeeper Joe Hart, midfielder Jack Wilshere and left-back Ryan Bertrand have all been omitted and not placed on Southgate’s five-man standby list that includes Lallana, Tom Heaton, Jake Livermore James Tarkowski and Lewis Cook. “Ryan and Joe have played a lot over the last two years so they’re not decisions we took lightly. I could’ve had easier conversations by keeping them involved,” said Southgate, whose goalkeepers are Jordan Pickford, Jack Butland and Nick Pope. “With Joe, we’ve got three other goalkeepers who have had very good seasons and the decision I was faced with was do I keep Joe in and have experience around the group? Or give the three guys who have basically had a better season a chance? We felt the players all needed to be in on merit after their performances this season. “Ryan is also very unfortunate in that it’s probably one of the strongest positions we have. Ryan has had a decent season, but I just felt the others were ahead of him. Southgate says the three goalkeepers he chose have had 'better seasons' than Hart Credit: Getty images “Both calls were really tough. They’re both good guys and have contributed a lot throughout qualification, so it wasn’t an enjoyable part of the job and I feel it’s important to acknowledge their contribution in getting us to Russia.” Lallana has not started a Liverpool game since the beginning of March and Southgate has decided the 30-year-old cannot be risked. He is on Southgate’s list of standbys in case of injuries, but Lallana will be devastated not to be among the 23 players guaranteed a place on the plane. Full 2018 World Cup squad lists and guides | Star to watch, odds, fans' chants and more WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article Southgate tried to offer some consolation by saying: “History tells us that one of those standby players may end up in the squad, as it’s very unusual for us to get through the end of the season and our two preparation games without any issues. “All of the guys on standby have been really professional in their approach to this. They recognise there’s still an opportunity and we’ve had a lot of conversations over a period of time with them about their situation.” And here is how the squad was announced on May 16: 3:47PM Wonder what the voicemail said... The one call you don’t want to miss!!...���� #WC2018pic.twitter.com/thH8CvavWA— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) May 16, 2018 3:33PM You picked largely the same players as Southgate Telegraph readers agree with all but three of Southgate’s choices Using our unique squad selector tool over the last few months, our readers chose their preferred 23 England players to go to Russia. As it turns out, more than 50 per cent of you wanted 20 of Southgate's 23 on the plane. The majority of you, however, did not pick Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Danny Welbeck or Fabian Delph. 3:24PM An inexperienced squad The 23 players have just 449 caps between them - an average of 19.5, which isn't very many at all. They also have just three tournament goals between the lot of them: Danny Welbeck at Euro 2012, and Jamie Vardy and Eric Dier at Euro 2016. Maybe Southgate is taking Gary Linker's advice and building for future competitions. 3:11PM Dele's excited It's an honour to be named in the England squad for the World Cup. It's a dream come true! Get me to Russia!! ��⚽️ #WorldCuppic.twitter.com/D8EjN8z5EI— Dele (@dele_official) May 16, 2018 3:05PM Ashley Young achieves a dream Maybe this picture said I was gonna live my dream and go to a World Cup... dreams do come true ���������� pic.twitter.com/kSM8VORdp0— Ashley Young (@youngy18) May 16, 2018 2:58PM Nawwww Congratulations to @Popey1992 on his call up to the @England World Cup 2018 squad, from Ram Meadow to Russia. pic.twitter.com/mpGWMyXB2v— Bury Town F.C. (@BuryTownFC) May 16, 2018 2:52PM Lovely stuff, Marcus Rashford After years of you standing on the touch line in the cold and rain, Mum we're off to the World Cup! ������ pic.twitter.com/JOCj5oBCtN— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) May 16, 2018 2:18PM Sweeping changes Only five players in Southgate's 23-man squad from the 23 picked by Hodgson for 2014: Cahill, Jones, Henderson, Welbeck, Sterling. As comparison, 12 from 2006 WC squad were picked in 2010— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceTel) May 16, 2018 2:16PM By the way This is how the England squad was announced before the list was published in full: For the nation, by the nation. The #ThreeLions’ official @FIFAWorldCup squad announcement. pic.twitter.com/YecUWPUZfJ— England (@England) May 16, 2018 2:10PM Back-up list These five players are on the reserve list: Tom Heaton, James Tarkowski, Lewis Cook, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana 2:09PM The headlines No Adam Lallana in the squad Danny Welbeck and Ruben Loftus-Cheek make the cut Jake Livermore misses out Plenty of options at centre-back, with Cahill, Jones, Maguire, Stones, Dier and Walker selected. 2:06PM Squad in full Goalkeepers Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope Defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young Midfielders Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jordan Henderson, Fabian Delph, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek Forwards Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Danny Welbeck, Jamie Vardy 2:04PM The England squad is here 1:59PM Not long now If that 2pm estimate was correct for the squad announcement, then we will know England's World Cup squad very, very soon indeed. 1:57PM Rumours galore There is a sudden surge of excitement on Twitter after Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey posted this picture. Take note of the 'Humble Lion' caption. ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 Jamaica-born Bailey is one of the Bundesliga's most exciting players, and there had been rumours he may qualify through his grandparents, two of whom have British passports. Fifa rules state that a player can only qualify to play for a country if their grandparents were born in that country which, as far as my research tells me, is not the case for Bailey, meaning he would not qualify to play for England. NB: There is a chance I am wrong about this. 1:43PM Jack makes other plans ���� let me know the dates and I'm in https://t.co/6PgPvhg77X— Jack Wilshere (@JackWilshere) May 16, 2018 1:33PM So, what's still up in the air? There is a core group of players who will definitely be in the squad, and after this morning's revelations, there are only a few spots still up for grabs. There is probably a centre-back spot that will be contested by Harry Maguire and Phil Jones. Cahill's inclusion could suggest Southgate will go with experience in defence (favouring Jones), but having already picked Cahill he may want a younger player (favouring Maguire). Adam Lallana will probably make the cut, but he has only played 235 minutes of Premier League football all season, so you could understand why Southgate might have reservations. His recent run of injuries will also mean that, if he is named, the back-up midfielders will be on high alert. Will Adam Lallana be given another chance to prove his fitness? Credit: Getty images Support for Ruben Loftus-Cheek's inclusion has gathered pace. Will he make the cut or will Southgate go left-field with his final midfielder? Danny Welbeck will likely be included, but that isn't certain by any stretch. 12:51PM Make football come home Why not have some fun mapping out England's path to glory with our predictor tool? World Cup predictor 12:37PM It's all go today While Premier League clubs are parting ways with managers all over the shop (well, here and here), buzz is building around the squad that England will take to Russia. There has been a fair bit of bemusement about Wilshere's omission (not least from this journalist), but the decisions to take Cahill and Alexander-Arnold will be widely supported, I reckon. Some experience and some youth: Southgate is pleasing everyone. Alexander-Arnold has been a roaring success at Liverpool Credit: Getty images 12:20PM Exclusive: Cahill and Alexander-Arnold are on the plane Matt Lawreports: Gary Cahill has been named in Gareth Southgate’s 23-man England World Cup squad that will be officially revealed later today. And Liverpool teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been called up, despite being uncapped at senior level. You can read the full story here. 11:59AM Not long now Today is the day: England's squad for the 2018 World Cup will be announced this afternoon. Everyone has their own opinion over how the final 23 should look, but the only one that matters is that of Gareth Southgate. Here's me trying to second guess the England manager: England's World Cup 2018 squad - ranked We think the squad will be named around 2pm, so there's a little time to wait yet - and plenty of time to discuss Southgate's options. He has already let Wilshere, Hart and Bertrand know that they won't be going to Russia, which leaves two outfield spots free (presuming Nick Pope goes as third-choice goalkeeper). Will Ruben Loftus-Cheek sneak in? Will Danny Welbeck go to another major tournament? Is there any chance of a complete curveball in the shape of someone like Ryan Sessegnon or Ademola Lookman? Let's see what Southgate decides.
Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) and Michy Batshuayi warm up during a training session in Sochi (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)
Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) and Michy Batshuayi warm up during a training session in Sochi
Belgium's Eden Hazard (left) and Michy Batshuayi warm up during a training session in Sochi (AFP Photo/Nelson Almeida)
Son Heung-Min is South Korea's only world-class player (AFP Photo/Christophe SIMON)
Son Heung-Min is South Korea's only world-class player
Son Heung-Min is South Korea's only world-class player (AFP Photo/Christophe SIMON)
Harry Kane will captain England in their World Cup opener against Tunisia (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)
Harry Kane will captain England in their World Cup opener against Tunisia
Harry Kane will captain England in their World Cup opener against Tunisia (AFP Photo/Adrian DENNIS)
Los jugadores de la selección de México festejan tras la victoria 1-0 ante Alemania en el Grupo F del Mundial en el estadio Luzhniki en Moscú, el domingo 17 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Matthias Schrader)
Los jugadores de la selección de México festejan tras la victoria 1-0 ante Alemania en el Grupo F del Mundial en el estadio Luzhniki en Moscú, el domingo 17 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Matthias Schrader)
Los jugadores de la selección de México festejan tras la victoria 1-0 ante Alemania en el Grupo F del Mundial en el estadio Luzhniki en Moscú, el domingo 17 de junio de 2018. (AP Foto/Matthias Schrader)
The Asian side are not heavily fancied, but Germany's loss to Mexico has blown Group F wide open
South Korea can progress from wide-open group, says Park Ji-sung
The Asian side are not heavily fancied, but Germany's loss to Mexico has blown Group F wide open
Larissa salta più di mamma Fiona May. Sorpresa ai Campionati italiani Allievi di Rieti
Larissa salta più di mamma Fiona May. Sorpresa ai Campionati italiani Allievi di Rieti
Larissa salta più di mamma Fiona May. Sorpresa ai Campionati italiani Allievi di Rieti
Top 14 side Toulon have added Julian Savea to their star-studded squad, though the winger will not arrive in France until August.
All Blacks winger Savea confirms Toulon switch
Top 14 side Toulon have added Julian Savea to their star-studded squad, though the winger will not arrive in France until August.
Fifa has launched an investigation into homophobic chants by Mexico fans during their World Cup win over Germany. Supporters could be heard yelling “puto” - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - when Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s Group F game. Fifa confirmed it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of Fifa’s anti-discrimination monitoring system”. The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the slur but has controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse by supporters. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not meant to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to do so during the last World Cup in Brazil. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six, and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments for homophobic chants. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs, with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction of expulsion from a competition. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. He added that talks were planned with the world governing body to address the issue. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Fifa launch investigation into homophobic chants by Mexico fans during World Cup match against Germany
Fifa has launched an investigation into homophobic chants by Mexico fans during their World Cup win over Germany. Supporters could be heard yelling “puto” - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - when Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s Group F game. Fifa confirmed it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of Fifa’s anti-discrimination monitoring system”. The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the slur but has controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse by supporters. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not meant to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to do so during the last World Cup in Brazil. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six, and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments for homophobic chants. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs, with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction of expulsion from a competition. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. He added that talks were planned with the world governing body to address the issue. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Fifa has launched an investigation into homophobic chants by Mexico fans during their World Cup win over Germany. Supporters could be heard yelling “puto” - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - when Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s Group F game. Fifa confirmed it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of Fifa’s anti-discrimination monitoring system”. The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the slur but has controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse by supporters. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not meant to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to do so during the last World Cup in Brazil. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six, and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments for homophobic chants. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs, with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction of expulsion from a competition. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. He added that talks were planned with the world governing body to address the issue. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Fifa launch investigation into homophobic chants by Mexico fans during World Cup match against Germany
Fifa has launched an investigation into homophobic chants by Mexico fans during their World Cup win over Germany. Supporters could be heard yelling “puto” - the Spanish word for a male prostitute - when Manuel Neuer prepared to take a goal kick in the 24th minute of Sunday’s Group F game. Fifa confirmed it was “collecting the different match reports and potential evidence in regards to the matter, including the one from the anti-discrimination match observer who was present at the game as part of Fifa’s anti-discrimination monitoring system”. The Mexican Football Federation (FMF) has been repeatedly fined for its fans’ use of the slur but has controversially avoided a stadium ban, a sanction imposed on other Latin American associations for persistent homophobic abuse by supporters. The Court of Arbitration for Sport also cancelled two fines issued to Mexico in November, ruling the chant on those occasions had been “insulting” but not meant to offend. It allowed other fines imposed on the FMF to stand. Fifa began taking action over the “puto” chant after being condemned for failing to do so during the last World Cup in Brazil. Manuel Neuer was on the receiving end of some abuse Credit: getty images During qualifying for Russia 2018, it punished homophobic abuse on 56 occasions. Mexico accounted for 12 of those transgressions, Chile 10, Argentina six, and Brazil and Honduras five each. Only Chile and Honduras ended up with stadium bans, sparking calls for Fifa to increase the severity of its punishments for homophobic chants. Unlike “race, colour, language, religion or origin”, sexual orientation is not mentioned in Article 58 of Fifa’s disciplinary code, which governs discrimination. Breaches of Article 58 incur a minimum fine of 30,000 Swiss francs, with “serious offences” punishable by matches being played behind closed doors, the forfeit of a match, a points deduction of expulsion from a competition. World Cup 2018 | The best of the Telegraph's coverage All 56 cases of homophobic chanting during World Cup qualifying were dealt with under Article 67 of the code, which governs “insulting words”, and for which there is no minimum tariff. Piara Powar, the chief of Fare, which helps Fifa administer its anti-discrimination monitoring system, said in November that “harsher punishments” were needed for homophobic abuse, highlighting the current loophole in the regulations. He added that talks were planned with the world governing body to address the issue. WorldCup - newsletter promo - end of article
Andre Silva has been tipped as Portugal's long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo (AFP Photo/Francisco LEONG)
Andre Silva has been tipped as Portugal's long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo
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The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
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The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
Mercedes A-Class Hybrid Could Get Electrically Driven Rear Axle
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
Mercedes A-Class Hybrid Could Get Electrically Driven Rear Axle
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
Mercedes A-Class Hybrid Could Get Electrically Driven Rear Axle
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
Mercedes A-Class Hybrid Could Get Electrically Driven Rear Axle
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
Mercedes A-Class Hybrid Could Get Electrically Driven Rear Axle
The PHEV hatch should debut this or next year.
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