Japan & Senegal Fans Help Clean Up World Cup Stadiums

Watch for Colombia to make World Cup statement vs. Japan

Radamel Falcao wants Colombia to draw on its past mental strengths in the qualifiers to save its World Cup in Russian Federation.

But rather than being downcast by the loss, to Didier Drogba and co, the Japanese fans armed with Liners patrolled their side of the stadium and gathered up discarded litter.

After Japan, which has traditionally struggled to get beyond the group stages, had stunned the fancied South Americans 2-1 in their opening game, crowds of young people wearing the national team's blue shirts surged onto Tokyo's famed Shibuya crossing late Tuesday night, exchanging high-fives and shouting "Nippon!" And while fans aren't psyched about the own goals, at least some of them are happy to clean up their own mess.

Images from the aftermath of the Japan-Colombia match showed Japanese fans, some armed with plastic bin bags they had brought along with them, similarly clearing their portion of the stadium. Though it might seem exceptional in other countries, taking responsibility for cleaning up is seen as standard in Japan.

"It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture ... An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that's the case in all sporting events", McIntyre explained.




Japan soccer fans are pictured ahead of a match against Colombia in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on June 19, 2018.

MOSCOW - Senegal became the first African team to win at this year's World Cup, defeating Poland 2-1 Tuesday on a first-half own-goal and a controversial second-half strike by Mbaye Niang.

Shinji Kagawa scored from the penalty spot and although Juan Quintero equalised late in the first half, Japan made their superior numbers count, with Osako heading in from a corner to seal the win.

People on Twitter also praised their efforts.

Japan will take on Senegal on June 24 and then face Poland on June 28.

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