Sheffield Wednesday striker Atdhe Nuhiu came off the bench to inspire his Kosovan side to victory over Latvia, in what was the newly formed international side’s first ever victory.
The 28-year-old entered the fray with just 15 minutes remaining and with his side 3-2 down, but his excellent play led to two late goals which handed the former Soviet occupied nation with the win.
Nuhiu’s 86th minute header was palmed away by the Latvian goalkeeper straight into the path of teammate Elbasan Rashani, who fired the ball into the net to bring his side level.
The hosts pushed for a winner, and it was Nuhiu again who made the difference, as his low striker struck the post before rebounding into the path of Besar Halimi, who sent the raucous home crowd into raptures and the Kosovan squad into jubilation.
Nuhiu has been used sparsely for the Owls this season, and there is strong suggestion that the player’s time at Hillsborough could be coming to an end in the near future.
However this solid display for the national side will inject the forward with new-found confidence, and fans will hope he can translate his international form to the Championship upon his return.
It has been a tough season for Nuhiu, with the player constantly criticised by fans and the media, but the Kosovan has stood strong, and this display will come as a huge relief to the player.
Nuhiu will return to training with Wednesday in the next couple of days ahead of their return to league action, and he must get his head down and prove to manager Carlos Carvalhal that he deserves a chance in the team.
The Yugoslavian-born man has just weeks to save his Owls career, and this could mark a real turning point in his future.
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