BRAZIL’S crushing defeat by Germany in their World Cup semi-final has become the most tweeted single sports game of all time.
As many as 35.6 million tweets were posted during the match, and the tweets-per-minute record was broken when Sami Khedira scored to make it 5-0 Germany.
His 29th-minute goal saw the tweeting rate reach 580,166 posts per minute.
By the time the scoreline read 7-1 to the Germans at full time, social media was awash with comments and jokes about the record-breaking loss.
Tumblrs dedicated to “Sad Brazilians” sprang up during the one-sided game, while an astonished Tim Cahill became a meme as he encapsulated the shock that reverberated around the world.
“Join the trend #timcahilling,” wrote a fan in Croatia after the Socceroos star posted a picture of his reaction at half time — at which point Germany already led 5-0.
A Vine clip of a little boy crying and a post suggesting that Brazil’s only hope was to physically tilt the pitch were among the most popular tweets.
David Luiz says sorry to a nation, and can’t hold back the tears.. pic.twitter.com/4eOt5eYwb3
— Football Stuff (@FootbalIStuff) July 9, 2014
— Fascinating Pictures (@Fascinatingpics) July 9, 2014
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott professed himself “Speechless!” while Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku added: “Ronaldinho robinho kaka i think they need you…”
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson took the opportunity to give any gleeful England fans a reality check, writing: “Germans spend their time practicing football rather than getting tattoos and stupid hair cuts. A lesson for England perhaps.”
But English League Two club Accrington Stanley joined in the leg-pulling, writing on the social networking site: “We’ve ruled out a summer bid for [$5.5m Brazil defender] Maicon. We’ll stick with Nicky Hunt thanks very much…”
One of the most melancholy images so far showed a moustached older Brazil fan sorrowfully embracing a fake World Cup trophy, as all his hopes were dashed in the most merciless fashion.