Major Upsets as World Cup Advances

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2018

Japan bested Colombia before Senegal beat Poland in separate Group H matches on Tuesday. After the soccer teams' jobs were done in Saransk's Mordovia Arena, Japanese fans got to work cleaning up the stadium, reaching down under chairs and on the ground to pick up litter others had left behind.

Colombia's Carlos Sanchez was sent off within the first three minutes of his side's 2018 World Cup opener against Japan, the first red card of this year's tournament.

The two sides in question actually meet at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg on Sunday in a crucial Group H showdown, and those typically tasked with getting the stadium in shape for the next game may have an easier afternoon than usual.

But rather than exit the stadium immediately after the final score to celebrate the result at the nearest pub, fans from the winning teams remained amongst the seats long after the final whistle so that they could tidy up after themselves and leave the place as clean as they had found it.

While we'd love to give the Senegalese fans all the credit here, we're going to have to be a tiny bit selfish, and claim that we may have had a slight influence on them. After Senegal's win, the team's fans were also seen collecting their trash.

Japan-based football journalist Scott McIntyre told the BBC that the Asian country's fans regularly tidy up after their domestic matches, and is a behaviour embedded in their culture.

He said: "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture".

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