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Africa and Asia's battle for World Cup supremacy

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Iran almost drew a tie from Argentina this weekend until Messi scored in minute 91.

No Asian team has ever won a competitive game in South America, although, in fairness, Iran's participation at the 1978 World Cup was the only chance. A group containing Netherlands, Peru and Scotland was considerably tougher than it would be now. India had the chance 28 years earlier in 1950 but were unable to take their place in Brazil due to financial difficulties, although the legend goes that they withdrewbecause they were not allowed to play barefoot. 

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