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Japan Throws Africa Its First Major Curveball

Cameroon was expected to be one of Africa's best chances to advance to the Knockout Round of the World Cup, but it didn't go well for them today. Japan, continuing an excellent start for Asia, beat the Indomitable Lions 1–0 in the first match for both teams. It's only Japan's second qualifying win in World Cup history and puts them in excellent position to advance out of Group E. At 2:30 this afternoon, defending champs Italy play Paraguay. You are now up to date, in case your computer is locked on this website and cannot leave. Which is fine, of course.

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