Kosovo not left behind in their competitive debut
VALON Berisha made history on Monday, scoring Kosovo's first goal on their competitive debut as they came from behind to draw 1-1 away to Finland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turku.
The midfielder with Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, brilliantly converted a penalty on the hour mark at the Veritas Stadium after Bernard Berisha had been fouled in the area.
The goal gave Kosovo a precious point in qualifying Group I after Paulus Arajuuri had put Finland in front from close range in the 18th minute.
Kosovo were accepted into Fifa in May, and this was a remarkable result given that world football's governing body gave its approval for a host of players to represent the Balkan outfit only earlier on Monday.
Among those given the green light at the last minute were goalkeeper and captain Samir Ujkani, previously capped by Albania; Albert Bunjaku, who featured for Switzerland at the 2010 World Cup; and Valon Berisha, who was playing for Norway as recently as June.
With several thousand Kosovans living in the Turku region, there was a sizeable support for the away side in their first ever competitive outing.