Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches

Japan’s Gotoku Sakai during training

Japan’s Gotoku Sakai during training

Sanchez's sending off is also the second-fastest in World Cup history, after Uruguay's Jose Batista, who was sent off within a minute of his side's clash with Scotland in 1986.

But instead of going wild in the stands and then going off to celebrate on the streets of Russian Federation, some supporters chose to stay behind and help clean up litter.

Moments prior to the calamitous exit of the African Pharaohs, Senegal sent African fans into raptures by handing the continent its first victory at this World Cup.

A Japan-based football journalist, Scott McIntyre, told the BBC that cleaning up is "part of Japanese culture".

Japanese and Senegalese supporters received praise after they were seen picking up their trash and tidying up their stadium section following their respective matches Tuesday.

"You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture".

The World Cup is always an opportunity for nations to share their own unique approach to the handsome game, celebration in victory and the grief of defeat.

"Right now our pain is precisely because after that huge effort after scoring that goal... we lost because we were worn down, we were exhausted and even if I tried subbing on a couple of fresh players it was very hard for us to recover possession and Japan had its opportunities", Pekerman said. The team's prospects this year now look far more encouraging. Group H was wide open even before the start, and with Senegal beating Poland 2-1 in Tuesday's other match, it may come down to goal permutations over points.

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

Several players have taken to social media to try to reassure Colombia fans that two group matches remain.

Rodriguez didn't have as much success following the World Cup. Senegal pulled off an upset against Poland, winning an important Group H match.

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