Argentina-Netherlands becomes third most-Tweeted World Cup match
14.2 million -- that's the number of tweets sent out during Wednesday's thrilling Argentina-Netherlands match that ended in a 4-2 win for Argentina on penalty kicks, according to data released by Twitter. Still, despite the tremendous amount of tweets, the 14.2 million paled in comparison to the 35.6 million tweets sent out a day earlier during Germany's complete demolition of Brazil in a 7-1 win over the host country.
A map from Twitter Data shows how the penalty shootout between Argentina and the Netherlands was tweeted from a geographic perspective, with what appears to show the largest portions of the 14.2 million tweets coming from the east coast of the U.S., the southeast region of South America and western Europe.
The most mentioned players on Twitter during the game were (in ranking order for both teams, respectively): Arjen Robben, Ron Vlaar and Jasper Cillessen; and for Argentina it was Sergio Romero, Maxi Rodriguez and Lionel Messi.
Perhaps not as a surprise, the most tweeted moment was Rodriguez's goal to send Argentina to the World Cup final, with 446,181 tweets per minute being sent out.
Argentina now faces Germany in the World Cup final on Sunday. Brazil and the Netherlands square off on Saturday to see who places third.
- Marc Weinreich