We have another World Cup shocker.

One day after Saudi Arabia pulled off a 2-1 upset over Lionel Messi and Argentina, Japan did the same to Germany.

The Germans dominated the first 74 minutes of the game, surrendering only one shot on goal while getting nine of their own, scoring one on a 33rd-minute penalty from Ilkay Gündogan.

Japan's Ritsu Doan celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the World Cup group E.
Japan’s Ritsu Doan celebrates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the World Cup group E.

Japan celebrates a goal against Germany
Japan celebrates a goal against Germany

Japan's Takuma Asano scores team's second goal
Japan’s Takuma Asano scores team’s second goal


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The whole game changed, though, when Takumi Minamino subbed in for Japan. One minute after he entered the game, he scored an equalizing goal after his first shot attempt was saved.

A draw between the two teams would have been shocking on its own, but eight minutes after evening the game, Japan added a second in the 83rd minute on a Takuma Asano goal which he roofed into the net past keeper Manuel Neuer. Both Japanese goals were scored by substitutes.

It gives Japan an early advantage in Group E, which also includes Costa Rica and Spain.

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