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Japanese soccer fans applauded for cleaning up stadium after World Cup win

Japan's soccer fans drew cheers online for their courteous behavior in cleaning up trash in the stadium in Russia after an upset win over Colombia.
/ Source: TODAY

Japan's courteous soccer fans made sure the only things left in the stadium from Tuesday's stunning World Cup victory over Colombia were the numbers on the scoreboard.

They drew praise for taking the time to clean up after themselves following the team's 2-1 victory, combing the aisles for garbage to throw into blue trash bags they had brought themselves to 44,000-seat Mordovia Arena in Russia.

The victory marked the first time a team from Asia has ever beaten a team from soccer-mad South America in the World Cup, but cleaning up afterward was not a first-time experience for Japan's fans.

They have showed in the past that even a loss won't prevent them from courteous behavior, as they did the same thing after losing 2-1 to Ivory Coast in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Football fans cheer for the Japanese national football team in Saransk, Russia, on June 19, 2018, ahead of their World Cup group stage match against Colombia.AP

Their good deed didn't go unnoticed on Tuesday, as World Cup fans were impressed with the good manners of Japan's supporters.

Their cleanliness also appears to be contagious, as Senegal's fans followed in a later game by picking up after themselves when they were done celebrating a 2-1 win over Poland.

Hopefully this becomes a new World Cup tradition. Clean up the opponent on the field, and then do the same in the stands.

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