Japan Fans Stay Back to Clean Stadium Even After Being Knocked Out of FIFA World Cup
They may not have won the game but they definitely have won everyone's hearts.
Image credits: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
One would expect football fans to turn hostile after facing a heart-breaking defeat at the World Cup but Japanese had something else on their mind.
Keeping up with their tradition, football fans from Japan were seen cleaning up the rubbish they had made in the stands at the Rostov Arena.
The Japan fans’ incredible display of sportsmanship came after being knocked out of the World Cup. Yep.
Goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui in four devastating minutes had put Japan 2-0 up early in the second half to leave Belgium reeling but they fought back and produced a stunning 3-2 comeback with Nacer Chadli scoring right before the final whistle of the game to book a place in the quarter-finals against Brazil.
Interestingly, Belgium became the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game.
That second half. Incredible.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018
The loss was real. The heartbreak was real. But Japenese were committed to tidying up the stadium and showed immense character in their defeat.
Photos and videos showing "Samurai Blue" searching the stands for rubbish and gathering it up went viral on social media.
After being 0-2 down,incredible comeback from Belgium to win 3-2. But these visuals after the match of Japan fans staying behind to clean the stadium up inspite of the defeat is so wonderful. A wonderful culture and truly class. Hope few of our fans can learn and emulate#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/W7NM6vrhWI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 2, 2018
Even after losing, Japan fans still stayed behind to clean up the stands pic.twitter.com/Q5t9akokKy
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 2, 2018
Japan lost the match but still stayed back to clean up the dirts, inmy country we throw trash on the floor just beside the dustbin and say the cleaners will pick it up that's what they are paid for pic.twitter.com/QgUtqpmjgy
— Feola Olola (@OlolaOfficial) July 2, 2018
Japan will be missed, not just for the football but also for ensuring the cleanliness of the stadiums.
They've stayed behind tonight to clean up once again!
— Busy Buddies ™ (@thebusybuddies) July 2, 2018
World Cup Fans of the tournament award goes to Japan
— World Cup Freakshow (@aussiebeastmode) July 2, 2018
Inspired by their tradition, Senegal fans too were seen cleaning up the stadium earlier in the tournament.
Following their 2-1 win against Poland, the Senegal fans were busy tidying up the stadium simply because they wanted to leave the place as clean as they had found it.
Senegal fans cleaning up their part of the stadium after their victory against Poland is the best thing you’ll see today👏🇸🇳 pic.twitter.com/nhojG0CHaU— PF | World Cup🏆 (@PurelyFootball) June 19, 2018
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