Japan beats Germany 2-1 in another World Cup shock

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(CNN) — Wow!

Japan provided another big World Cup upset, beating Germany for the first time ever.

Germany dominated for large periods of the match and had plenty of opportunities to extend its lead after going 1-0 up, but Japan rode its luck and was clinical when the chances arrived.

Though not on the level of Saudi Arabia's victory over Argentina on Tuesday, there would still have been very few people predicting this result.

Japan's victory has blown Group E wide open and given Germany a real mountain to climb – the 2014 World Cup winner faces the daunting prospect of Spain next.

Japan took the 2-1 lead through Takuma Asano.

With just nine minutes of regular time left, Asano leathered the ball past Neuer who could do nothing to prevent another goal.

All the Japanese substitutes rushed onto the pitch while Japanese fans in the stands were all out of their seats for the final minutes of the game.

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