Senegal became the first African team to win at this World Cup, with a Polish own goal and a controversial second goal following M'Baye Niang's return to the pitch after an injury.
Five defeats in the six games featuring African teams offered little hope of new benchmarks being set with Senegal's 2-1 triumph over Poland the only bright point.
Japan coach Akira Nishino talked before the match of his worry about the "psychological impact" of Monday's natural disaster which hit the Japanese city of Osaka during morning rush hour, killing at least five people.
Both groups of fans stayed at their respective stadiums after their teams' wins on Tuesday to pick up trash and lighten the work of the 15,000 or so Russian volunteers.
The country also made headlines for fans' tidiness at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
"It's not just part of the football culture but part of Japanese culture ... An important aspect of Japanese society is making sure that everything is absolutely clean and that's the case in all sporting events", McIntyre explained. It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.
Argentine network TyC Sports shared a video of the kind act, saying that instead of celebrating the victory Senegalese fans showed respect by cleaning up their sector. The Lions' next match is against Japan on June 24, and we will be enthusiastically watching and rooting for them. Poland kept up their dismal streak of World Cup starts they have four losses and three draws since beating Argentina in 1974.