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World Cup 2018: Kosovo earn historic point in their first ever competitive match

Valon Berisha of Kosovo
Berisha scored Kosovo's first ever competitive goal on a historic night for his team

Valon Berisha was only cleared to play for Kosovo a few hours before the game kicked off - and he marked the occasion in memorable fashion as his 60th minute penalty earned a draw against Finland.

It was the Balkan territory's first World Cup qualifying match since becoming a Fifa member in May.

Berisha, who has 19 Norway caps, was one of six players cleared by the world governing body to play on Monday.

His penalty cancelled out Paulus Arajuuri's opener for the Finns.

Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008 and their entry into Fifa prompted some Kosovans, who have played for other nations, to ask to change teams.

Red Bull Salzburg midfielder midfielder Berisha was born in Sweden to Kosovan parents, but grew up in Norway.

The 23-year-old was the last of the six cleared to switch nationalities just before the game, following former Albania internationals Amir Rrahmani, Alban Meha, Herolind Shala, Milot Rashica and Samir Ujkani.

In recent months Fifa has also approved requests from nine other Kosovan players who had represented six different European countries, including Germany and Switzerland.

Elsewhere, Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored his first international goals since 2014 as Spain thrashed Liechtenstein 8-0.

Costa, David Silva and Alvaro Morata all scored twice as Spain hit seven second-half goals, with the latter scoring his double in two minutes after coming on as a substitute,

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini was sent off for a second bookable offence as Italy beat Israel 3-1.

Kosovo
Kosovo was cheered on in the city of Turku by several thousand Kosovan refugees now living in Finland
Kosovo
Kosovo are ranked 190th in the world

Line-ups

Finland

  • 1Hradecky
  • 14LamBooked at 59minsSubstituted forRingat 65'minutes
  • 2Arajuuri
  • 3Moisander
  • 15Halsti
  • 22Raitala
  • 8LodSubstituted forSchüllerat 88'minutes
  • 7Alekseevich EremenkoBooked at 53mins
  • 18Uronen
  • 10PukkiSubstituted forHamalainenat 73'minutes
  • 20Pohjanpalo

Substitutes

  • 4Moren
  • 5Ojala
  • 6Ring
  • 9Markkanen
  • 11Schüller
  • 12Mäenpää
  • 13Granlund
  • 16Mattila
  • 17Kauko
  • 19Saksela
  • 21Hamalainen
  • 23Joronen

Kosovo

  • 1Ujkani
  • 2Perdedaj
  • 13Rrahmani
  • 4Pnishi
  • 19Paqarada
  • 20KryeziuBooked at 83mins
  • 7Rashica
  • 15BerishaSubstituted forMehaat 90+3'minutes
  • 5AlushiBooked at 56mins
  • 23BerishaSubstituted forHalimiat 81'minutes
  • 10BunjakuSubstituted forCelinaat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Jashanica
  • 6Pepa
  • 8Halimi
  • 9Celina
  • 11Shala
  • 12Kolshi
  • 14Meha
  • 16Neziri
  • 17Muriqi
  • 18Sulejmani
  • 21Zejnullahu
  • 22Bytyqi
Referee:
Ivan Kruzliak
Attendance:
7,571

Match Stats

Home TeamFinlandAway TeamKosovo
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away8
Fouls
Home19
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Finland 1, Kosovo 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Finland 1, Kosovo 1.

Attempt blocked. Roman Eremenko (Finland) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Markus Halsti with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Alban Meha replaces Valon Berisha.

Corner, Finland. Conceded by Milot Rashica.

Attempt blocked. Jere Uronen (Finland) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joel Pohjanpalo.

Dangerous play by Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo).

Alexander Ring (Finland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Roman Eremenko (Finland) right footed shot from long range on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Rasmus Schüller.

Substitution

Substitution, Finland. Rasmus Schüller replaces Robin Lod.

Attempt missed. Amir Rrahmani (Kosovo) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Leart Paqarada with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Alexander Ring.

Attempt blocked. Bersant Celina (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Besar Halimi.

Fanol Perdedaj (Kosovo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joel Pohjanpalo (Finland).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo) because of an injury.

Foul by Hekuran Kryeziu (Kosovo).

Robin Lod (Finland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Besar Halimi replaces Bernard Berisha.

Foul by Milot Rashica (Kosovo).

Niklas Moisander (Finland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Amir Rrahmani (Kosovo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paulus Arajuuri (Finland).

Corner, Finland. Conceded by Bernard Berisha.

Offside, Kosovo. Valon Berisha tries a through ball, but Bernard Berisha is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Finland. Kasper Hämäläinen replaces Teemu Pukki.

Milot Rashica (Kosovo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Robin Lod (Finland).

Attempt missed. Bernard Berisha (Kosovo) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Milot Rashica with a cross.

Attempt missed. Fanol Perdedaj (Kosovo) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Jukka Raitala.

Offside, Finland. Alexander Ring tries a through ball, but Teemu Pukki is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Kosovo. Bersant Celina replaces Albert Bunjaku.

Foul by Enis Alushi (Kosovo).

Markus Halsti (Finland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Finland. Alexander Ring replaces Thomas Lam.

Corner, Kosovo. Conceded by Lukas Hradecky.

Attempt saved. Fanol Perdedaj (Kosovo) right footed shot from long range on the right is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Valon Berisha.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 5th September 2016

As It Stood

A

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1Belarus00000000
2Bulgaria00000000
3France00000000
4Luxembourg00000000
5Netherlands00000000
6Sweden00000000

B

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1Andorra00000000
2Faroe Islands00000000
3Hungary00000000
4Latvia00000000
5Portugal00000000
6Switzerland00000000

C

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1Germany11003033
2Azerbaijan11001013
3Czech Rep10100001
4Northern Ireland10100001
5San Marino100101-10
6Norway100103-30

D

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1Wales11004043
2Austria11002113
3R. of Ireland10102201
4Serbia10102201
5Georgia100112-10
6Moldova100104-40

E

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1Denmark11001013
2Kazakhstan10102201
3Poland10102201
4Montenegro10101101
5Romania10101101
6Armenia100101-10

F

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1Scotland11005143
2England11001013
3Lithuania10102201
4Slovenia10102201
5Slovakia100101-10
6Malta100115-40

G

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1Spain11008083
2Italy11003123
3Albania00000000
4Macedonia00000000
5Israel100113-20
6Liechtenstein100108-80

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium00000000
2Bos-Herze00000000
3Cyprus00000000
4Estonia00000000
5Gibraltar00000000
6Greece00000000

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia10101101
2Finland10101101
3Iceland10101101
4Kosovo10101101
5Turkey10101101
6Ukraine10101101
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