Senegal fans praised worldwide for what they did after the Poland victory

Virginia Santiago
June 21, 2018

"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.

Indeed, there were similar scenes over at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, where Japan fans spent their time politely tidying up after themselves in the wake of their side's 2-1 win against Colombia.

Japanese fans are making headlines for staying behind to clean up a Russian stadium after their team's win against Colombia (2-1) at the World Cup on Tuesday night.

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At 42, Cisse, who played for Birmingham City and Portsmouth as well as several French clubs before becoming a coach, is the youngest manager in the World Cup.

"I believe it's called ... class".

Yet despite those previously positive signs, the fabled prediction by Brazilian World Cup legend Pele that Africa would have a world champion by the turn of the century is now 18 years overdue.

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"It's a bit more complicated in our countries".

"If we can make all the other African nations proud, that is twice as glorious".

"This is my favourite moment of the World Cup so far; Japan fans picking up litter after their victory vs Columbia", one user Tweeted. Senegal's victory made them the only African team to win in the first round of matches. When Senegal and Japan meet on June 24 in Yekaterinburg, we can at least be sure that the stadium will be near spotless, whoever comes out on top.

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Croatia's winning start came as Oghenekaro Etebo's own goal and a Luka Modric penalty decided a poor Group D match in Kaliningrad. Kalinic was an unused substitute against Nigeria with rumours emerging that he refused to go onto the pitch from the bench.

Thus far, the World Cup has been hard to predict, with some of the best teams falling to underdogs and confounding the experts.

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