Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches

Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches

The freaky, but generous, gesture is reportedly part of Japanese culture and came after Japan got their World Cup campaign off to a ideal start on Tuesday.

After the Blue Samurai's achievement of being the first Asian team to beat a South American side in a World Cup match on June 19, fans celebrated by... staying back at the Saransk stadium in Russian Federation and tidying up after themselves.

The World Cup 2018 Twitter page published video of the sweet gesture, saying that it was "the best thing you will see today". Coming in the third minute, it was the second fastest red card in World Cup history and the first of this year's tournament. Kagawa then converted from the spot.

Fastidious Japanese fans took a brief break from celebrating a historic and shock World Cup victory over Colombia to clean up rubbish discarded on the floor of the stadium, earning them praise and inspiring other nations to follow suit.

Senegal manager Aliou Cisse says he is "certain" an African team will eventually win the World Cup. Mbaye Niang pounced on an errant backpass to give Senegal a 2-0 lead in the 60th minute after a Thiago Cionek own goal had gifted the Africans a 1-0 advantage in the 37th minute.

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Senegals win was the first for an African team at this year's World Cup, and the significance of this is certainly not lost on the coach, who at 42, is also one of the youngest coaches at the tournament.

The search for the World Cup's most polite fans is down to two finalists: Japan and Senegal.

Japan and Senegal face each other in a Group H match on Sunday, June 24.

Even if you're not insane about sports, the World Cup often brings out the best stories of compassion and worldwide peace.

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