Friday 20 July 2018

Extraordinary match sets Twitter alight . . .

GERMANY'S 7-1 humiliation of Brazil in the World Cup semi-final on Tuesday night was the most-discussed sports match ever on Twitter, according to the social networking site.

The shock result attracted 35.6 million tweets, comfortably beating the previous record of 24.9m during the Super Bowl earlier this year.

Former Brazil striker Pele led the way with a dignified compliment to Germany's emphatic victory.

He wrote: "I always said that football is a box of surprises. Nobody in this world expected this result", and added: "We'll get the sixth title in Russia. Congratulations to Germany."

Germany forward Lukas Podolski tweeted after the match: "In the plane and back on the way to our camp. We're proud and our way is not over yet. #GERBRA #final #poldi #team".

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who scored 38 goals in 80 appearances for Germany as a player and managed them at the 2006 World Cup, urged Joachim Low and his players to go on and win the tournament.

Klinsmann wrote: "The best German performance ever in a World Cup !! Simply fantastic !! Now get the Cup JOGI and TEAM!! #DFBTeam".

Germany defender Per Mertesacker, who came on at half-time in Belo Horizonte, said: "DIE MANNSCHAFT! (The Team!) I really enjoy this moment... now let's go all in for the final."

Former Germany and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann added his praise for his country's performance, saying: "Master-class from Germany. Clinical, organised, hard-working, unselfish and humble. Very proud of the team. One to go."

England's Daniel Sturridge paid tribute to fellow striker Miroslav Klose, who broke Ronaldo's World Cup scoring record with his 16th goal.

Sturridge tweeted: "Fair play to Klose... Broke my idol Ronaldo's record. Unbelievable achievement!!"

Theo Walcott expressed his shock, simply writing: "Speechless!!!! #BrazilvsGermany"

England assistant manager and former Three Lions right-back Gary Neville insisted there was more to the drubbing than just poor Brazilian defending.

"A lot being made of bad defending but it was a lesson in attacking play, "decision making in the last third " and " The extra pass" from Germany.

Neville's former England and Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand could hardly bring himself to watch.

Ferdinand tweeted: "No more please..I can't take this no more...it's hurting..feel for the Brazilian fans here....wow. Will these players ever recover from this."

He added: "All this "sing the national anthem, it shows passion" talk - doesn't mean nothing when you get out on that pitch."

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