Yesterday, Japan were knocked out of the World Cup following a 3-2 defeat to Belgium.
Morale may have been low and you'd imagine they'd have wanted to get out of there as quickly as possible but the squad went the extra mile to leave their dressing room absolutely gleaming.
Not only that but they also left a thank you note in Russian too - what sportsmanship!
😢 Lose 3-2 dramatically to be knocked out of the #WorldCup
🧹 Leave the dressing room spotless
🙏 Leave a thank you note in Russian.
Supporters were also spotted cleaning the stadium following the game.
Now that's what you call gracious in defeat.
Let's hope other teams can take a leaf out of their book and follow suit.
Japan came so close to knocking the Belgian side out of the tournament until Nacer Chadli broke hearts and shattered dreams with a 94th minute winner.
What japan fans and team did after the match, Its the kind of a thing we should teach to our kids.— Naafiu Lathyf (@NaafiuLathyf) July 3, 2018
😔 Lose 3-2 in the 90th minute to Belgium.
🗑 Still stay behind and clean rubbish from the stands.
🇯🇵 Take A Bow, Japan Fans. 👏 pic.twitter.com/BsGwUx6MkZ— SPORF (@Sporf) July 2, 2018
Japan Fans after their team knocked out from the World Cup 👏! You all are something special! Cleaning stands and dressing room despite of a heartbreaking defeat against Belgium last night! It shows Discipline and class of all the true fans. 🌟💪 #WorldCup #BELJPN #JapanFans pic.twitter.com/sHm3Q5lRIX— Keshav (@keshav4384) July 3, 2018
Japan are a credit to the game. Take note @fifa.worldcup2018 that’s how football should be played, with honour, bravery, pride and dignity. @neymarjr you need to learn @japanfootballassociation_fans #japanfootball #football #worldcup2018 #thebeautifulgam… https://t.co/ucijs9ycj2 pic.twitter.com/5Z8WFFESWc— Simon Spilsbury (@StudioSpilsbury) July 3, 2018
After being 0-2 down,incredible comeback from Belgium to win 3-2. But these visuals after the match of Japan fans staying behind to clean the stadium up inspite of the defeat is so wonderful. A wonderful culture and truly class. Hope few of our fans can learn and emulate#BELJPN pic.twitter.com/W7NM6vrhWI— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 2, 2018
#Japan Fans Cleaning The Stadium. They Might Have Lost The Match But The Team And Its Fans Won Our Hearts. 👏💪🙏 #BELJPN #JPNBEL #WorldCup2018 #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/WCFXyccgOj— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) July 2, 2018