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Prime ministers take to soccer field in celebration

Associated Press logo Associated Press 10/06/2017
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, right, heads the ball during the friendly soccer match between Estonian and Finnish Prime Ministers cabinets, in Tallinn, Estonia, Saturday June 10, 2017. Politics gave way to soccer on Saturday as Finland defeated Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn with the teams led by the countries’ leaders as part of centennial celebrations. (Raul Mee/Leutikuva via AP) © The Associated Press Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila, right, heads the ball during the friendly soccer match between Estonian and Finnish Prime Ministers cabinets, in Tallinn, Estonia, Saturday June 10, 2017. Politics gave way to soccer on Saturday as Finland defeated Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn with the teams led by the countries’ leaders as part of centennial celebrations. (Raul Mee/Leutikuva via AP)

TALLINN, Estonia — Politics gave way to soccer on Saturday as Finland defeated Estonia 1-0 in Tallinn with the teams led by the countries' leaders as part of centennial celebrations.

The winner was scored by Paula Lehtomaki, a senior member of Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila's office. Sipila's counterpart, Juri Ratas, captained Estonia.

More than 100 events, including beach soccer and futsal, were held in stadiums and public parks across southern Finland and Estonia. The schedule included Estonian border guards taking on Helsinki police officials in Narva on the Russian border.

The Finnish Parliament declared the Nordic nation's independence from Russia in 1917, while Estonia celebrates the centenary of its independence declaration from 1918. The Baltic nation was a Soviet republic 1940-1941 and 1944-1991.

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