Colombia will overcome ‘bitter memory’ of Japan loss, coach vows

Colombia will overcome ‘bitter memory’ of Japan loss, coach vows

Colombia will overcome ‘bitter memory’ of Japan loss, coach vows

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.

Fans at the 2014 tournament in Brazil were also praised for similar civic-mindedness, even as their team failed to win a game and crashed out in the group stages.

Several videos have emerged on social media which show Japanese and Senegalese fans cleaning up the part of the stadium they had occupied during the games.

It was the ideal start to their campaign, making Japan the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup. "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture". The team's prospects this year now look far more encouraging.

Japan and Senegal fans have won headlines for staying behind after their World Cup matches to ensure the stadiums are left clean and tidy.

Japan soccer fans are pictured ahead of a match against Colombia in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on June 19, 2018. One clip of the clean-up operation, shared by Argentinean channel TyC Sports, has been viewed more than 4 million times.

Earlier, Russian and Ukrainian media reported on a group of Swiss fans who travelled to Rostov-on-Don by auto through eastern Ukraine, where a four-year conflict has killed more than 10,000 people, apparently unaware that it was a war zone and following their Global Positioning System.

Senegal and Japan also impressed with respective victories over Poland and 10-man Colombia in Group H.

The Monaco player recalled Colombia's challenges in World Cup qualifying, needing a draw to secure a spot in Russian Federation in an away match in Peru after losing the previous match at home to Paraguay. However, the actions of the Senegalese and Japanese fans following the victory has given the football world plenty of joy and their counterparts from other countries ideal role models.

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