A day after Saudi Arabia stunned Argentina, Japan defeated Germany by the same 2-1 score after coming from behind to increase the pressure on Hansi Flick.

Honor be to the underdogs! The World Cup loves an upset, and on Wednesday, Japan shocked Germany 2-1 in their Group E opener to pull off another shocking outcome. This follows Saudi Arabia's humiliation of Argentina on Tuesday.

The four-time champions appeared to be in total control in Doha, taking the lead thanks to Ilkay Gundogan's penalty in the first half but missing numerous opportunities to seal the victory.

However, during a remarkable eight-minute stretch, Ritsu Doan tied the score for Japan after Manuel Neuer had stopped Takumi Minamino's low attempt.

With seven minutes left in the game, Takuma Asano skillfully intercepted a pass from Ko Itakura, outran Nico Schlotterbeck, and blasted from a sharp angle high into the top of the net.

After their terrifying elimination from the group stage in Russia four years ago, Germany now faces the possibility of another consecutive group-stage exit as Japan held on. In fact, Hansi Flick's team knows they will probably lose to Spain on Sunday.

Talk about doing it correctly. Talk on how your substitutions will have an impact. Think of how you could become a national hero. As the final whistle blew here, Japan's head coach struggled to contain his happiness, which is understandable. His contribution to this incredible comeback was crucial.

Moriyasu felt he had to make a change when his team fell behind 1-0 and his goalkeeper, Shuichi Gonda, had to fight extra hard to keep them in the game. He was forced to bet. When he did, it paid off handsomely as four of his five substitutes worked together to produce one of the greatest World Cup upsets.

Three of them combined for the equalizer, with Ritso Doan, a substitute, scoring after Brighton's Kaoru Mitoma played in ex-Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino, whose shot Manuel Neuer deflected.

Then, Takuma Asano delivered the second knockout blow by expertly bringing down the ball while fending off a feeble challenge from Nico Schlotterbeck. Center-back Ko Itakura clipped the ball over the top of a defense that was caught flat-footed.

Lashed the ball into the roof of the net to complete a remarkable comeback and what may very well be a career-defining victory for their 54-year-old coach despite the prohibitive angle.