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Japanese fans at Shibuya crossing in Tokyo were loving the win over Germany

Ryan Sidle

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Japanese fans at Shibuya crossing in Tokyo were loving the win over Germany

Japan fans in Tokyo were absolutely loving their side's World Cup win against Germany, as footage from the capital showed.

Another day and another World Cup shock for neutrals to enjoy, following Saudi Arabia's win against Argentina on Tuesday morning.

This time it was 2014 champions Germany's turn to lose their opening group game, as they did four years ago in Russia when going out before the knockout stages, as the holders.

Like Argentina the day before, Hansi Flick's side took the lead on Wednesday afternoon, only to find their less fancied opponents make a huge comeback.

It might have been early afternoon in Germany but in Japan, it was around midnight when the game finished, but that didn't stop fans at Tokyo's Shibuya crossing, one of the city's most iconic locations, running into the road to celebrate with each other, as you can see in the video below.

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Japanese fans in Qatar were already being praised the other day for cleaning up in the stadium after a game, that didn't even involve their team.

And the people from the land of the rising sun even showed in their celebrations just how respectful of those around them they are.

The fans celebrating in Shibuya weren't affecting traffic by celebrating in the street, as they waited until the lights turned green for pedestrians to run on.

You can see in the video that they're soon off the road once the lights switch again, although it did take a couple of seconds longer than the change, which you'll probably agree is pretty okay considering the situation.

It was the first time that the national team had beaten Germany, and they certainly weren't expected to trouble Flick's side ahead of kick-off.

Japan players celebrate at full time. Image: Alamy
Japan players celebrate at full time. Image: Alamy

Celtic forward Daizen Maeda thought he'd given his side a shock lead in the eighth minute, getting on the end of a cross from Junya Ito, but the striker was offside and the goal didn't stand.

Germany then had the perfect chance to take the lead, after David Raum was brought down in the area by Japan goalkeeper Shuichi Gonda.

Ilkay Gundogan stepped up to take the spot kick, and the Manchester City midfielder continued his 100% success rate on penalties for that national team.

Germany thought they'd doubled the lead at the end of the first half, when Kai Havertz knocked in from close range. However, the Chelsea star had wandered into an offside position, when he really didn't need to.

The Asian side didn't have too many chances of their own but with just a one goal deficit they were still well in the game, with Hajime Moriyasu ringing the changes and bringing on more attacking players.

It worked, with Ritsu Doan scoring the equaliser in the 75th minute, former Liverpool star Takumi Minamino's ball across the box was parried by Manuel Neuer and Doan was there to knock it home.

Not happy with just a point, Japan pushed on for a winner and grabbed it in style just eight minutes later, through Takuma Asano.

Ko Ikatura's long ball over the top was brought down brilliantly by Asano, who then outmuscled Nico Schlotterback and then finished with aplomb past Neuer from a tight angle.

If Germany lose to Spain in their second game on Sunday then it could bring a premature end to their World Cup once again.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Alamy

Topics: Japan, Germany, Football World Cup

Ryan Sidle
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