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FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (AP) - Iran's victory over the United States at the 1998 World Cup still serves as inspiration to the team taking part in this year's tournament.
It is one of the games that we can never forget," said Mehdi Mahdavikia, who scored the final goal in the 2-1 win.
Then, as now, Iran was facing a tense political situation, and the victory - the only one by any of the four Asian teams in that tournament - was seen as a boost to national morale.