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 1-1 draw against Finland.
It was the Balkan territory’s first World Cup qualifying match since becoming a Fifa member in May.
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.
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.
Wales started their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in confident fashion as they convincingly beat Moldova 4-0 with Gareth Bale netting a brace.
Serbia 2-0 Republic of Ireland
Albania vs Macedonia (Match abandoned – Weather)
Georgia 1-2 Austria
Croatia 1-1 Turkey
Ukraine 1-1 Iceland