The Serbs control their destiny after an opening 1-0 win against Costa Rica on Sunday, which came courtesy of a stunning Aleksandar Kolarov free-kick. "We're here for sports to represent our country in the best possible way and we're not at all interested in anything else".
"I hope that people will take notice of us and take us seriously". It remains to be seen if coach Vladimir Petkovic will stick with the same 11 that has started both their matches so far, with Haris Seferovic having struggled in the first half here. There was, nevertheless, plenty for Serbia to be pleased about, with Mitrovic particularly impressive in the air.
Ivanovic, Serbia's most experienced player, charged at the ball just before Xhaka blasted it into the back of the net and was in great position to make a block - but he dove to the ground at the last second.
And that resurgence continues to grow game-by-game, as Mitrovic has now scored 18 goals in 26 games for club and country in 2018.
"I guarantee you my players will take responsibility, be aggressive and on top of the other team", Krstajic said Thursday.