Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough

Moscow on the eve of their opening match against Poland Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough
Betsy Taylor | 21 June, 2018, 20:17

In the 73rd minute, Yuya Osako netted the victor against Colombia by a header to give Japan their first win of the 2018 world cup. Senegal's victory made them the only African team to win in the first round of matches.

"I'm certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup", he said.

But while fans of most victorious (or indeed losing) nations may have followed up with rowdy celebrations and heavy drinking, clips have emerged of both sets of supporters cleaning up after themselves by removing stadium clutter post-match.

Senegal, who are managed by the only black coach at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, became the first African team to get a win in Russian Federation.

No African side has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals, and the continent has produced only three quarter-finalists.

While Japanese fans can be seen doing their bit alongside Columbian supporters at Mordovia Arena in Saransk. The lessons in life we can take from the game.


"It's going to be a hard match with Japan after this Polish match... Why I support Japan".

The extra Japanese player ultimately proved crucial as the Blue Samurai went on to record a shock 2-1 win against the group favourites.

This is not the first time Japanese fans have done this.

In yesterday's opening match, Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup - beat a South American squad on the biggest stage in football.

According to TyC Sports, Senegal had designated fans who ensured their sectors were clear before they left the Otkritie Arena in Moscow.

Coming in the third minute, it was the second fastest red card in World Cup history and the first of this year's tournament.

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