Now, the goal is to remain grounded.
Serbia got off to the flawless start in their Group E World Cup campaign with a 1-0 win over Costa Rica today in a game that saw an excellent Nemanja Matić performance. Here is the line-up for the Group E opener at Samara Arena - Costa Rica: Navas; Gamboa, Acosta, González, Duarte, Calvo; Venegas, Guzmán, Borges, Ruiz; Ureña.
It was somewhat of a surprise.
The Eagles came into this World Cup at No. 34 in the world, the lowest-ranked team in the group.
"From what I've seen in the locker room, we still believe", the Costa Rica coach said. Free-kicks are proving rather more successful at this World Cup than the one in Brazil four years ago.
Former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic broke out wide and played in a cross-field pass to pick Mitrovic or Savage, but Navas stretched out his hand to pull away the danger. Serbia's Nemanja Matic, meanwhile, was involved in an ugly confrontation with a member of Costa Rica coaching staff in injury time as the Manchester United midfielder tried to retrieve the ball after it went out of play. By the way, during the recent sparring team fans in the 13th minute gave the goalkeeper a standing ovation in honor of the 13th Champions Cup, produced his club.
Tadic, 29, came into the tournament after an inconsistent season, but one he finished strongly, providing three assists in his final seven games. We know Serbia press a lot in the first 20 minutes - we need to be able to handle this.
"I'm friends with Kolarov who scored an unbelievable goal today, and (Nemanja) Matic, these guys", he said. The plan is simple going forward.
"The team's mix of aggressiveness and creativity in midfield was the driving force of the win", Nikcevic says.
Serbia finally got a break in the 56 minute after David Guzman was shown a yellow card.
Well, okay, there had only been two free-kicks before Sunday - from Cristiano Ronaldo and Aleksandr Golovin - but Ronaldo's was so bloody good that really, it counts as a few. Off the pitch, Kolarov was awarded a Lada automobile by the acting governor of the Samara Region.