After Japan, which has traditionally struggled to get beyond the group stages, had stunned the fancied South Americans 2-1 in their opening game, crowds of young people wearing the national team's blue shirts surged onto Tokyo's famed Shibuya crossing late Tuesday night, exchanging high-fives and shouting "Nippon!"
The fans, draped in Japanese flags and scarves, were filmed sweeping the stands of the 44,000-seat, bowl-shaped Mordovia Arena, where just a few minutes earlier they had wildly celebrated an unexpected victory over José Pékerman's side, quarter-finalists in 2014.
The Egyptian team had been playing against Uruguay when the photo was taken, and despite how the spectators were only watching the game on a screen at the Federation Internationale de Football Association fan zone in Moscow, they were still more than happy to carry the disabled man on their shoulders.
Senegal and Japan have been part of the uprising of the underdogs at this World Cup, in the mix among the lower-ranked teams that are surprisingly taking points from the favorites. Some viewers are seen even while cleaning the seat. "You often hear people say that football is a reflection of culture". We want to show that all other sporting events, including football in Japan, are also clean. It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.
Japan bested Colombia before Senegal beat Poland in separate Group H matches on Tuesday.
This is the first time since 1970 that Russian Federation managed to win two World Cup games in a row. The winning of the South American team made history.
Both sets of fans have been praised on social media for being considerate.
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.