Japan’s World Cup team honors its all-star fans after loss
Japan’s World Cup anguish didn’t stop them from being some of the best fans at the tournament, even in defeat.
While Monday’s World Cup action gave us some typical Neymar antics, the committee is also delivered a bittersweet moment of class. It happened following Japan’s heartbreaking loss to Belgium.
After going up 2-0 in an enormous upset bid, Japan gave up the next three goals, including Belgium’s game-winner in the closing moments. The 3-2 loss aimed Japan’s World Cup run. It’s a run in which Japan’s fans have been bonding with other fans over anime, and running above and beyond by cleaning stadiums after matches.
On Monday, despite the painful loss, the Japanese national team stuck around to give their fans the ovation they deserved. The fans, in return, showered cheers on a magical tournament run.
Afterward, Japanese fans get right back to cleaning the stadium, leaving their golden reputation at this World Cup intact even in the face of defeat.
If merely the rest of the world were this gracious.