• by Ayoade Akinyode
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*Former Manchester City man, Aleksandar Kolarov scored a spectacular free-kick from 25 yards to give Serbia a deserved victory in their opening World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica.

*Serbia have won their opening game at a World Cup tournament for the first time since 1998, when they did so as Yugoslavia against Iran (1-0).

*This is just the second time in five World Cup tournament appearances that Costa Rica have lost their opening game, with the previous instance coming in 2006 at the hands of tournament hosts Germany (2-4).

*Before this encounter Serbia had managed one victory in their last six World Cup tournament matches, and lost both of their opening World Cup group games as an independent nation following the break up of Yugoslavia.

*Mexico’s Hirving Lozano’s first-half winner caused the shock of the World Cup so far as defending champions Germany were beaten 1-0 in their opening game for only the second time in history.

*PSV winger, Hirving Lozano admits his match winner for Mexico which downed reigning champion Germany at World Cup 2018 is “the best goal I have scored in my life”.

*Tears flowed at the final whistle, as the enormity of what they had just achieved dawned on the Mexico players, with few having given the CONCACAF nation much of a chance against the pre-tournament favorite.

*A tactical masterclass from boss Juan Carlos Osorio, leaving three men forward and catching Joachim Low’s men on the break, worked to perfection to put underdogs Mexico top of their group.

*Mexico will be back in action on Saturday when Osorio’s side faces South Korea, before wrapping up the group stage efforts and looking to make it to the last-16 following a meeting with Sweden on June 27.

*Brazil were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Switzerland in their opening game in Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup at the Rostov Arena.

*The Selecao started the game on the front-foot and took the lead in the 20th minute when Philippe Coutinho curled a thunderous effort from outside the penalty area to beat Yann Sommer in goal for the Swiss.

*There was a hint of controversy about Steven Zuber’s header from a corner to level, as he appeared to push defender Miranda in the back – but the Swiss took their slice of luck and they held on for a memorable point.

*Since 1966, Brazil have scored 37 goals from outside the box at the World Cup; 11 more than any other team.

*Costa Rica now await Brazil on matchday two, before they lock horns with Serbia in their final game of the group stages on as they continue the chase for their sixth-ever world title.

*England arrived in Volgograd just over 24 hours ahead of their first game of the tournament against Tunisia, which kicks off on Monday

*Injured Belgium defender and Manchester City captain, Vincent Kompany will stay with the squad despite being ruled out for at least another week by injury.

*Kompany was hurt during Belgium’s friendly game with Portugal two weeks ago, and will not be fit until at least the final group game with England.

*There is worse news for Russia’s Alan Dzagoev, who has been ruled out of the rest of Russia’s group stage games after injuring his hamstring against Saudi Arabia.

*Two England fans have completed an incredible 24,000km cycle from Hampshire to Volgograd for England’s Group G opener with Tunisia.

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Ayoade is a Nigerian university graduate. A sports writer, columnist and administrator. A lover of sports generally but his expertise is football.

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