Senegal and Japan fans tidy up after their World Cup matches


With their surprise win against Colombia on Tuesday, the Japanese soccer team won their first World Cup game since 2010.

While the Senegalese supporters could have been forgiven for going on a wild party the second the match ended, instead they did something far better.

Kagawa opened the scoring from the penalty spot and was busy throughout and Yuya Osako, favoured ahead of Japan's all-time leading scorer Shinji Okazaki up front, repaid his manager's faith with the winning goal and a man of the match performance. Coming in the third minute, it was the second fastest red card in World Cup history and the first of this year's tournament.

Colombia scored late in the first half from a free-kick by Juan Quintero but Osako's gritty determination led to a 73rd-minute header from Keisuke Honda's corner kick that gave Japan three points in Group H.

Russia's victory was predicted by the "psychic" cat Achilles, who also predicted Russia's win in the World Cup opening game.

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But Japan made the ideal 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.

Japanese fans impressed World Cup viewers after they were seen cleaning up the stadium following their team's victory against Colombia.

Day six of the World Cup threw up plenty of highlights.

Not bad, Senegal and Japan.

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