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Senegal and Japan fans tidy up after their World Cup matches

Senegal and Japan fans tidy up after their World Cup matches

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.

While Senegal beat Poland 2-1, Egypt and Morocco could be eliminated inside the first week, while Nigeria and Tunisia lost their opening encounters. America's Steve Christakos reports.

Japan-based soccer journalist Scott McIntyre is following the team across Russian Federation, and told the BBC such cleanliness is to be expected from the fans.

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

"There's definitely been a decline", said former Nigeria worldwide Peter Odemwingie, who played at the last two World Cups and is now working as a BBC pundit in Russian Federation.

Japan is known for this behavior. It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.

A video showed fans removing rubbish from the Otkrytiye Arena, in Moscow, after they'd gone insane following their win (which we can't blame them for).

But Japan made the flawless start to their World Cup campaign, becoming the first Asian country to defeat a South American team at a World Cup and earning three points in what is expected to be one of the most closely-contested groups in the tournament, with Poland and Senegal the other two nations in Group H.

"Senegal achieved a historic triumph", Argentinian media outlet TyC Sports tweeted.

"Nigeria had one of the best African squads ever at the 1994 World Cup".

Senegal ended up beating Poland 2-1 at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday.