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Aleksandar Kolarov proved just why he's one of the best free-kick takers in world football with a trademark curling dead-ball strike to open the scoring against Costa Rica in the Group E opener.
The Roma left-back, captaining his country in the World Cup, whipped a perfect strike into the top corner ten minutes into the second half, giving Manchester City fans a trip down memory lane.
GOAL! What a free-kick from Kolarov. The Serbian captain from 25-yards out finds the postage stamp with his trusty left-boot pic.twitter.com/sYxDRE9cgE
- ITV Football (@itvfootball) June 17, 2018
Real Madrid No.1 Keylor Navas had an absolutely no chance of keeping it out, such was the combination of power and placement from Kolarov's rocket of a left peg.
It was Kolarov's 11th international goal for his country and it's certainly up there with the best strikes has conjured up for the Eagles - even if the 32-year old has quite the free-kick collection.
He has become the third player to score a free-kick in the World Cup thus far, following on from Aleksandr Golovin and Cristiano Ronaldo's excellent efforts.
Here's how social media reacted to Kolarov's worldie:
Alexsandar Kolarov scored the first World Cup goal for Serbia since Marko Pantelic in 2010 against Australia.- ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 17, 2018
Serbia (including Yugoslavia) has 5 direct free kick goals at the World Cup since 1966, tied for 3rd-most over that span. pic.twitter.com/BRoMjrg22V
1 - Kolarov has been the first Serbian player to score from direct free kick at the WC since Sinisa Mihajlovic v Iran on 14 June 1998 (including Yugoslavia).- OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 17, 2018
3 - Aleksandar Kolarov's goal was the third scored from a direct free-kick in the 2018 World Cup, already as many as the entirety of the 2014 tournament. Whip. #WorldCup #CRCSRB #SRB pic.twitter.com/dXn5bLJjVd- OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 17, 2018
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