Aleksandar Mitrovic has cut a frustrated figure this season at St James Park but was hoping that his national team could give him a form of release from the disappointments at Newcastle United.
The Newcastle number 45 was named in this Serbia starting 11 vs Georgia for a 5pm kick-off on Friday:
Stojkovic, Ivanovic, Maksimovic, Kolarov, Rukavina, Obradovic, Milivojevic, Matic, Kostic, Tadic, Mitrovic
Serbia gave away a shocking early goal but Tadic equalised before half-time.
Then on 63 minutes came the moment, a brilliant winner by Mitrovic, struck right-footed from outside the box (watch it below!).
Mitro was then subbed with 20 minutes left and a late Serbia goal made it 3-1 at the end.
The Republic of Ireland now head European Group A with 11 points, then Ireland on 10 and Wales on 6, that pair play tonight in Dublin.
The previous two internationals saw Mitrovic score three goals, two in the 3-2 victory in Austria, as well as the goal that secured a 1-1 draw in Wales.
With goals last summer in friendlies against Russia and Cyprus, the Newcastle United number 45 now has six goals in his last six international appearances
Aleksandar Mitrovic this week talking ahead of the Georgia game::
“We play in a very demanding league (Championship) – a lot of training and a lot of hard work.
“I may not have played in the (recent) games but I have trained hard, I played in a few (previously) but it has not worked out how I wanted it to in those games.
“The last time I played with the international team I was not a regular at my club but I contributed goals (scored the goal that got Serbia a draw in Wales) in the national team and I was ready.
“Playing for my country gives me all the motivation to train well.
“I have Newcastle teammates (Dummett, Clark, Murphy, Elliot) from Wales and Ireland who said that their matches against Georgia have been the most difficult in qualifying.
“They (Georgia) have quality, especially in attack, and can be dangerous if you give them the space…we need to go into the match thinking that we are playing against one of the greats.”