Japan and Senegal fans clean stadiums after World Cup matches

Japan seals historic win over 10-man Colombia

Japan seals historic win over 10-man Colombia

"This is my favorite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs. Colombia".

The weird, but generous, gesture is reportedly part of Japanese culture and came after Japan got their World Cup campaign off to a flawless start on Tuesday.

Japan beat 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opening Group H match on Tuesday, the first time an Asian team has overcome a South American one at the World Cup.

Five defeats in the six games featuring African teams offered little hope of new benchmarks being set with Senegal's 2-1 triumph over Poland the only bright point. Thus far, the World Cup has been hard to predict, with some of the best teams falling to underdogs and confounding the experts. "That is true", Cisse said.

Senegals win was the first for an African team at this year's World Cup, and the significance of this is certainly not lost on the coach, who at 42, is also one of the youngest coaches at the tournament.

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Do you think any of the African teams in Russian Federation will make it out of their formidable groups into the round of 16? I think that things have developed but it's more complicated in our continent - we have realities that are not evident in other continents.

"It is good to see there is a black coach but, beyond football, it shows we have quality coaches".

"We are not too euphoric because we do know there is going to be a hard match against Japan", Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said.

Africa's best performance at the World Cup has been to reach the quarterfinals, accomplished by Cameroon in 1990, Ghana in 2010 - and Senegal in 2002, when Cissé was captain of the national team.

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