Social media users praise Japan for spotless locker room at World Cup


One of the main factors behind the rise of the so-called European "minnows" is that they're handed chances to compete at major tournaments due to an unequal allocation of spots.

Belgium will now face Brazil in the quarters in Kazan on Saturday morning (AEST).

Need further proof the Japanese players have the kind of manners that would make your parents want to invite them around for a holiday meal?

Former AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda has retired from football after Japan's elimination from the World Cup.

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After crashing out of the World Cup via a last-minute goal from Belgium, Japan's national soccer team picked themselves up and tidied their locker room, bench and dugout, as the fans in the stadium also cleaned up after themselves.

Japan squeezed through to the knockout stage of this World Cup because it had a better disciplinary record than Senegal, after both teams finished the group phase with four points, the same goal difference and the same number of goals scored.

Meanwhile, Japanese supporters, who earned universal respect and admiration for cleaning stadiums after matches and making friends with other fans over anime, also cleaned up the areas they occupied in the stadium.

Click through the gallery to see the top five scorers at the 2018 World Cup.

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It was a heartbreaking way to go out, but both fans and players left a lasting impression of sportsmanship and courtesy in Russian Federation, one that won't be easily forgotten.

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez said his side should accept they will be the underdogs in their World Cup quarter-final against star-studded Brazil on Friday.

The country were 2-0 up for over seventy minutes, but conceded three late goals which saw their hopes of World Cup victory fade.

But, as revealed by Federation Internationale de Football Association general coordinator Priscilla Janssens on her social media handle, Japan's squad went the extra mile to salute their hosts in Russia as they bowed out.

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