Serbia captain dedicates goal to ailing official Bunjevcevic

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As Serbia celebrated their 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the celebratory mood briefly turned sombre.

Captain Aleksandar Kolarov was named man of the match for his game-winning goal from a free-kick early in the second half. But his thoughts turned to Goran Bunjevcevic, sporting director of the Serbian federation, who had a stroke last month and required emergency surgery.

Koralov dedicated both the win and his goal to Bunjevcevic.

"He's had some health problems. We want to relay this message to him and his family that we are 100 percent behind him," Koralov said.

Bunjevcevic, 45, played for the national team from 1998-2003, appearing in 16 matches. A defender, he played for Tottenham Hotspur from 2001-2006.

Following his playing career he was sporting director at one of his former teams, Red Star Belgrade, and another Serbian club, Zemun. He took his current post with the Serbian federation in August 2016.

Kolarov's goal, which curled over the wall in the 56th minute, gave Serbia a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica at Samara Stadium in the team's opening match in Russia.

It was Serbia's first FIFA World Cup victory since 2010 against Germany in the group stage. Serbia didn't qualify for the 2014 edition in Brazil.

The team move on to play Switzerland in Kaliningrad, and wrap up the group stage in Moscow against Brazil on June 27.

Source: AAP

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