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Finland’s Junior Varsity team claimed the nation’s first-ever victory at the Pop Warner International Super Bowl with an 18-9 victory over Puebla from Mexico at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports on Thursday.

The Finns eliminated the turnovers that had contributed to a 27-0 loss to the Mexicans on Monday to secure the win. “Our boys are learning fast how to play at the International level,” said Finland General Manager Henri Kurki.

Earlier in the day, Finland had lost 6-0 to the EAFL Falcons from the United Arab Emirates, who added to a 13-7 win over Puebla from Monday.

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Junior Varsity scores:
Puebla 27 Finland 0
EAFL 13 Puebla 7
EAFL 6 Finland 0
Finland 18 Puebla 9

In the Varsity age group, Mexican teams Puebla and Queretaro now have two wins each, Puebla defeating EAFL and Finland on Thursday, while Queretaro added to Monday’s win over the EAFL Falcons with a narrow 16-13 win over the perennially strong Canadians. Canada had opened with a 30-0 win over Finland on Monday.

Varsity scores
Queretaro 36 EAFL 6
Canada 30 Finland 0
Puebla 20 EAFL 6
Queretaro 16 Canada 13
Puebla 28 Finland 0