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Respectful Scenes In Tokyo As Celebrating Japanese Fans Obey Traffic Cops

Respectful Scenes In Tokyo As Celebrating Japanese Fans Obey Traffic Cops
Nathan Molloy
By Nathan Molloy
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Japan fans took to the streets of Tokyo to celebrate their historic win over Germany in the World Cup.

However, they celebrated in a manner Japan fans are famous for. Celebrating on the pavement, the fans waited for the traffic lights to turn red to take upon the streets. Once they turned red, the fans covered the streets to celebrate. Just 40 seconds later, they rushed off as the traffic light turned back green to allow cars to pass.

Historic Victory

The 2-1 result was Japan's first ever victory over 4-time champions Germany. The result also means that the Germans have lost back-to-back World Cup openers after losing 1-0 to Mexico in the 2018 World Cup.

Before the game kicked off, the German team posed with their hands covering their mouths in protest of FIFA.


The game started as many would have predicted with Hansi Flick's side dominating. They finally got the goal that they deserved in the 33rd minute as Ilkay Gundogan converted a penalty after the Japanese goalkeeper fouled Raum in the box.


It wasn't long till the ball was in the back of the Japanese net again. However, Kai Havertz's goal was ruled out for offside.

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After half time, it was more of the same, with Japan let off the hook as Gundogan's shot bounced off the post. Arsenal's Tomiyasu came on in the 60th minute and helped the Asian side grow into the game. Japan began to threaten Neuer's goal more and finally got the breakthrough in the 75th minute. The German goalkeeper palmed a cross away but it landed at the feet of Doan who slotted it in.



Japan's comeback was completed just six minutes later. Germany switched off from a free kick to leave Asano in lots of space. The attacker then fended off defenders and skied it into the roof of the net.

Japan managed to hold on to their lead to record a famous win. Afterwards, the Japan fans in the stadium stayed behind to clean up.

World Cup Of Shocks

Germany's shock defeat to Japan is the second shock of the competition this week after Argentina's loss to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. The result has blown Group E wide open, with many expecting Germany and Spain to easily progress. The two European sides meet on Sunday and Hansi Flick's side will need to win to avoid a successive group stage exit.

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