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Road to 1934
As soon as the 1930 World Cup was over, the road to the 1934 World Cup in Sweden  began; while South Africa won their second consecutive African Cup in 1932, the Asian Cup was won by China, who beat the previous champions Australia 2-1 in Beijing; the 1934 editions of the American and European cups saw, for the first time, the participation of 16 teams with, respectively, 5 and 7 qualification spots available.
In the American Cup, the teams that made it to the quarterfinals were Argentina and Uruguay, Brazil and Costa Rica, the United States and Paraguay, Cuba and Canada; Argentina beat Costa Rica 3-0, Uruguay beat Cuba 6-0, the United States beat Paraguay 3-1 and Canada beat Brazil 1-0; in the semifinals, Argentina beat Uruguay 2-1, while the United States beat Canada 5-2, going on to win their second American Cup by defeating Argentina 1-0, with Brazil winning their qualification playoff match.
In the European Cup, the teams that made it to the quarterfinals and the World Cup were Italy and Austria, England and Spain, Scotland and Bohemia, Hungary and Wales, the teams faced themselves in this order, with Italy, England, Scotland and Hungary going to the semifinals, where England beat Italy 3-0 and Scotland beat Hungary 3-2. The all-British final saw the English finally prevail over the Scots, 4-2, winning their first ever international trophy.
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