Colombia resumes training after surprise loss to Japan

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Japan became the first Asian team to conquer a South American side at the World Cup on Tuesday, beating 10-man Colombia 2-1 to exact sweet revenge for a painful defeat at Brazil in 2014.

After a pulsating soccer game watched by 40,000 fans, a stadium is generally left strewn with food wrappers, drinks containers and other bits of trash, leaving cleaning staff a daunting task.

"I think it's a wonderful thing that the World Cup brings so many nations and people together and get to learn and exchange these kinds of things".

But rather than exit the stadium immediately after the final score to celebrate the result at the nearest pub, fans from the winning teams remained amongst the seats long after the final whistle so that they could tidy up after themselves and leave the place as clean as they had found it.

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

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Speaking to the BBC, a Japanese sports journalist said that it is a part of Japanese culture.

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.

Shinji Kagawa scored from the penalty spot and although Juan Quintero equalised late in the first half, Japan made their superior numbers count, with Osako heading in from a corner to seal the win. "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". Seeing the famous Japanese fence known as the Samurai Blue Fans, it did not look ashamed at all.

According to a translation of the video, the Colombian man filming the Japanese fans can be heard praising the nation's culture and scolding his own people for not following their example.

Japan and Senegal will be facing off on June 24.

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