Brazil defeat breaks Twitter records

Last night’s fifth goal triggered 580,601 tweets in one minute

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Brazil defeat breaks Twitter records Emotional Brazil fans react after being defeated by Germany in most tweeted about sporting game to date. (Getty Images)
By  Helen Gaskell Published  July 9, 2014

Germany's 7-1 victory over Brazil in the World Cup semi-finals last night broke Twitter records and became the most discussed sports game on Twitter to date, according to online reports.

35.6 million tweets were sent during the 90-minute game and Sami Khedira's goal in the 29th minute broke the record for tweets-per-minute triggering 580,601 tweets in one minute.

Six of the 10 top-trending topics on Twitter were references last night's semi-final, with #BrazilvsGermany taking the top spot.

Miroslav Klose was the most tweeted German player, followed by midfielder Toni Kroos. Julio Cesar, Oscar and Fred were the most tweeted Brazilian players.

The previous record for a sporting event on Twitter was held by another World Cup match, Brazil v Chile, which recorded 389,000 tweets per minute.

Previous to that the 2014 Superbowl held the record, with 382,000 tweets per minute.

In 2012, Usain Bolt's gold-medal 200m sprint peaked at 80,000 tweets per minute, while Barack Obama's Democratic National Convention acceptance speech peaked at 52,756 tweets per minute.

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