The Japanese team has shown immense sportsmanship after they came second to Qatar in the AFC Asian Cup final.
The team scored one goal to Qatar’s three, giving them a second place spot, but from their behaviour post-match it looks like they’re leaving the UAE with their heads held high.
They left the dressing room SPOTLESS
The team had an amazing tournament and it shows, Japan thanked hosts UAE in English, Arabic and Japanese and left the dressing room spotless. The Asian AFC Twitter account even shouted out to the team with this tweet, noting the admirable act.
— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 2, 2019
Loads of football accounts are sharing the story and the general reaction is one of respect
After losing 3-1 to Qatar in the Asian Cup Final, Japan players cleaned up their dressing room and left a “Thank you” note in English, Arabic and Japanese.
RESPECT ????❤️ pic.twitter.com/XHm2loQORD
— Football Factly (@FootballFactly) February 2, 2019
???????? Lost 3-1 to Qatar in the Asian Cup Final.
???? Cleaned the dressing room, left the floor spotless…
????…and left a “Thank You” note in English, Arabic and Japanese.
???? Pure class from Japan. ???????? pic.twitter.com/lH4N2Zm8VM
— SPORF (@Sporf) February 2, 2019
— #AsianCup2019 (@afcasiancup) February 1, 2019
The UAE reached the semi-finals of the cup, which was hosted at stadiums across the UAE
Proud of the UAE for successfully hosting this international football event.