Senegal, Japan fans sweep stadium after victory, win hearts

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You may wonder what Senegal and Japan have in common.

According to TyC Sports, Senegal had designated fans who ensured their sectors were clear before they left the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

You could say they had a stake after all the co-hosted the championship with Korea, but African representatives Senegal who only Tuesday showed class by being the first African country competing in Russian Federation to win a match re-enacted what Japanese fans did four years ago by cleaning up the stadium 40 minutes after their match against Poland.

According to Wright, the fans were seen "collecting trash and organising into neat piles to help the stadium staff in their clean-up operation". Not only is he with the only African team with an African coach, but his team delivered the first win for Senegal and Africa in the tournament.

Japan soccer fans are pictured ahead of a match against Colombia in the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, on June 19, 2018. "Why I support Japan", a social media user tweeted.

Senegal beat Poland in their first Group H encounter, while all other African teams have lost their games so far.

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If World Cups were won because of the behaviour of a country's fanbase, then Japan and Senegal would make the 2018 final.

This dedication to cleanliness is a habit Japanese people often have impressed on them when they're kids, tasked with cleaning their classrooms and other parts of their schools, Osaka University sociology professor Scott North adds.

For the Japanese fans, the act isn't certainly an isolated one.

Sixteen years later, the 42-year-old guided his team to another opening win, against Poland, in only their second World Cup participation ever.

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