Similar scenes were witnessed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, even after they were defeated 2-1 by Didier Drogba's Ivory Coast.
But rather than being downcast by the loss, to Didier Drogba and co, the Japanese fans armed with Liners patrolled their side of the stadium and gathered up discarded litter.
First Japan, ranked 61st in the world, became the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at any World Cup, overcoming 16th-ranked Colombia 2-1. They're not alone in promoting clean spectating: Senegalese fans have also been spotted indulging their tidying-up tendencies during this year's competition; the two teams face each other on Sunday, virtually ensuring a spick-and-span stadium afterward.
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Senegal and Japan have been part of the uprising of the underdogs at this World Cup, in the mix among the lower-ranked teams that are surprisingly taking points from the favorites.
Japan bested Colombia before Senegal beat Poland in separate Group H matches on Tuesday. One clip of the clean-up operation, shared by Argentinean channel TyC Sports, has been viewed more than 4 million times. Russia's convincing victory over Egypt, which has de-facto promoted the host nation to the knockout stage, as well as Poland and Colombia's unexpected defeats in Round 1, have become highlights of Day Six of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
It was also the first time in history that a team's first foul in a World Cup match has led to a sending-off.
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Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson came into parliament to vote even though she is several days past the date she was due to give birth. Relationships between MPs had been "strained nearly beyond belief", she said.
He said: "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture".
Senegal's fans were not the only ones winning praise on social media for their sense of social responsibility.
When Senegal and Japan meet on June 24 in Yekaterinburg, we can at least be sure that the stadium will be near spotless, whoever comes out on top.
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