The teams seemed to reverse roles for the final third of the game. Serbia was content to soak up pressure, preferring to invite Costa Rican pressure rather than risk giving up a counter attack. Christian Bolaños and Joel Campbell were brought on to give the Costa Rican attack some verve, but the Serbian defense was stout.
The final five minutes of stoppage time became eight as Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou twice stopped play to look at incidents, but Costa Rica was unable to take advantage. Their final, best attempt came in the 95th minute, as Bolaños snuck in behind the Serbian defense and received the ball on the six-yard-box.
He wasted his shot, putting the ball over, even as the referee blew for offside, just about summing up Costa Rica’s day.
After another stoppage to take a look at a swipe by Aleksandar Prijovic — he’s given a yellow card — the referee blows his whistle and ends a hectic eight minutes of stoppage time.
Christian Bolaños gets free off a deflection for a shot six-yards-out, but sends it over. He was offside anyway.
After Serbia fails to gain anything from a four-on-one counter attack, Nemanja Matic gets into it with a member of the Costa Rican staff and players on both teams come together. After a delay for VAR to take a look at the situation, no further action is taken.
Five minutes of added time has been given, which seems like two minutes too many, but Costa Rica won’t mind.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is tackled in the box by Giancarlo Gonzalez and appeals for the penalty, but it isn’t given.
The roles have reversed here in Samara, but neither team looks fully comfortable. Serbia isn’t used to parking eight men behind the goal and defending, while Costa Rica isn’t used to controlling the ball and stringing together passes through the middle.
Costa Rica is controlling the ball more than they have all game, but it hasn’t amounted to much yet. Frequently-loaned Arsenal attacker Joel Campbell has come on for Marco Ureña.
Needing to show some creative spark now that they’re down a goal, Costa Rica brings in winger Christian Bolaños for Johan Venegas. Bolaños immediately serves up a couple of good crosses.
It looked perfectly set up for Aleksandar Kolarov, and it was! From about 28-yards-out, his famous left leg whipped a free kick over the wall and into the right side of the net, past a diving Keylor Navas. The free kick came after Aleksandar Mitrovic was taken down by David Guzman, earning Guzman a yellow card.
The best chance of the match so far comes to Aleksandar Mitrovic, who plays a 1-2 and slips in behind the Costa Rican defense. But his shot from the penalty shot is parried wide by Keylor Navas.
Senegalese referee Malang Diedhiou gets the second half under way. Will both teams be content with a point, or will somebody push for a winning goal?
Both teams have played about as expected, as Serbia attempted to put crosses into the box for their strong attackers, while Costa Rica has been content to defend and wait for a counter attack. Hopefully we see something in the second half to unlock this match.
A spectacular bicycle kick attempt from Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is saved by Keylor Navas, but the assistant referee raised his flag for offside. The replay showed that Milinkovic-Savic was clearly onside.