Japanese fans, who came to watch their match against Germany, exhibited extreme restrain and best manner after their prolific win in the World Cup match.
Japan defeated Germany 2-1 in their first World Cup 2022 match after coming back from a goal down. Germany went ahead in the 33rd minute when Guendogan dispatched the penalty. They continued dominating the first half with Kai Havertz netting the ball but was eventually disallowed by VAR.
Germany looked in total command in the second half too, but Japan had different story to write. Doan, who plays for German team Freiburg, equalized in the 76th minute after Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer blocked a shot from Takumi Minamino. Then Asano, who plays for German team Bochum, beat Neuer in the 83rd minute to give Japan the lead.
The defeat was a repeat result of their 2018 World Cup nightmare when, Germany, as defending champions, lost their opening match against Mexico and then to South Korea that led to their exit from the tournament.
After the final whistle, Japan players celebrated their win by interacting with the fans present in the stadium. But as soon as they left the field, the Japanese crowd reprised a wonderful post-match tradition. They cleaned up the Khalifa International Stadium and tried to leave it precisely at a the state in which it was when they entered.
A part of the Japanese supporters distributed blue sacks, while others used them to collect the litter that had been left under the seats. Japanese tradition gives utmost importance to cleanliness and every person is taught the same from his early childhood. This is not the first time that Japan has provided their clean-up service in Football stadium.
In 2018, after their defeat against Belgium in the World Cup Round of 16 match, they cleaned the whole stadium. They also did so at the opening game of this year’s tournament between Qatar and Ecuador, despite their own side not even being involved.