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May 27, 1934: This Day in World Cup History

The 1934 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Italy.  The tournament features 16-teams with a straight single-elimination knockout stage from the first round all the way to the final.  Eight teams, including the U.S., compete in eight different venues.

The host Italians, who are the first host nation in history that needed to qualify for the competition, easily topped the U.S. Men’s National Team 7-1 at the PNF Nationale Stadium in Rome.  Italian midfielder Angelo Schiavio notched a hat-trick in the win. His final goal of the game would be credited as the 100th Goal at the FIFA World Cup with only 23 games played in its short history.

The first overtime match was played as Austria battled France to a 1-1 draw after regulation, but prevailed in the extra period posting a 3-2 final at the Benito Mussolini Stadium in Turin.

That day also saw Egypt become the first African nation to compete at the World Cup, dropping a 4-2 decision to Hungary at the Giorgio Ascarelli Stadium in Naples.

Along with Egypt, a total of eight nations were making their first appearance at a World Cup competition: Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Holland, Italy, Spain and Switzerland

First Round Results – May 27, 1934
Spain 3, Brazil 1 - Genova / Luigi Ferraris
Austria 3, France 2 (ot) - Turin / Benito Mussolini
Germany 5, Belgium 2 - Florence / Giovanni Berta
Switzerland 3, Holland 2 - Milan / San Siro
Czechoslovakia 2, Romania 1 - Trieste / Littorio
Italy 7, United States 1 - Rome / PNF Nazionale
Hungary 4, Egypt 2 - Naples / Giorgio Ascarelli
Sweden 3, Argentina 2 - Bologna / Littorale