Senegal fans praised worldwide for what they did after the Poland victory

Senegal fans praised worldwide for what they did after the Poland victory

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.

It was a match which had plenty of talking points - a first red card of the World Cup, a penalty, a clever freekick and a historic first win for Japan over Colombia as the Blue Samurai beat the South American team 2-1 in their opening World Cup match. America's Steve Christakos reports.

"It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture", McIntyre told BBC News at the time.

"You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture", he said. "An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that's the case in all sporting events and certainly also in football". The team's prospects this year now look far more encouraging.

Senegal's coach, Aliou Cisse, who captained his side in 2002 to a stunning quarter-final finish, has said he is optimistic of Africa's chances at winning the ultimate prize, despite the dismal start to this year's tournament in Russian Federation.

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

Senegal's coach not only led his team to victory last night - he also became a meme.

Both sets of fans have been praised on social media for being considerate.

Senegal ended up beating Poland 2-1 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday.

He is the World Cup's only black coach, but said it was about the progression of the African continent, not skin colour.

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