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Japan's Players Redefine Sportsmanship

By Melissa Locker, Time, 07/09/18, 10:15AM CDT


Japan's players respectfully bowed to their opponents. They then filed into the locker room to change. But before they departed they left the room completely spotless and even left a thank you note in Russian for their hosts.

Japan suffered a devastating loss against Belgium in the knock-out round of the World Cup, after leading the game 2-0 with just 25 minutes remaining in the second half.

The shocking 3-2 loss meant Japan was out of the soccer competition and headed home. Before they left, though, the heartbroken team showed an impressive display of good sportsmanship and even better manners.