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

Ruben Holloway
June 21, 2018

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.

Senegal will take on Colombia next but those obsessed with cleanliness probably can't wait until their final group game against Japan where both teams will be looking to out polite each other in the stands.

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.

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Senegal's coach Aliou Cisse's celebration when his team scored the winning goal against Poland in their World Cup opening game has become an internet sensation.

It's also noted Japan supporters carried out a similar job following their participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Japanese have once again proven to the world that they are a people with a strong sense of civic duty.

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Japan-based football writer Scott McIntyre told the BBC that cleaning up after themselves is something that is drilled into these supporters from a young age back home. "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.

"Senegal achieved a historic triumph", Argentinian media outlet TyC Sports tweeted.

Japan bested Colombia before Senegal beat Poland in separate Group H matches on Tuesday.

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