World Cup Fans Clean Up After Themselves

That's what the BBC is reporting about fans of "Samurai Blue", the Japanese national soccer team that beat Colombia's players 2-1 Tuesday in Russian Federation.

The fans, draped in Japanese flags and scarves, were filmed sweeping the stands of the 44,000-seat, bowl-shaped Mordovia Arena, where just a few minutes earlier they had wildly celebrated an unexpected victory over José Pékerman's side, quarter-finalists in 2014.

The Colombians bitterly protested but Kagawa drilled home the spot kick to put Japan ahead in the sixth minute.It was the second-fastest red card in World Cup finals history, after Uruguay's Sergio Batista was sent off inside the first minute in 1986.

She has travelled to every World Cup to support Japan since 1998. Some viewers are seen even while cleaning the seat.

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

Both teams had reason to celebrate on June 19. One clip of the clean-up operation, shared by Argentinean channel TyC Sports, has been viewed more than 4 million times.

In the 73rd minute, Yuya Osako netted the victor against Colombia by a header to give Japan their first win of the 2018 world cup.

Japan became the first-ever team from Asia to defeat a Southern American squad in a World Cup game, after three draws and 14 defeats.

He said: "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture. 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 fans were praised for their efforts by several people on Twitter.

Japan will take on Senegal on June 24 and then face Poland on June 28.

It was Cheryshev's third goal of the World Cup, putting him tied with Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the scoring chart.

  • Stacy Allen