Yesterday’s Women’s World Cup Final between the United States and Japan set a new record for tweets per second, beating the death of Osama Bin Laden and the Royal Wedding.
After going into extra time, Japan went onto win the penalty shootout and lifted the World Cup trophy for the first time, in Frankfurt Germany. The climax of the final drew 7,196 tweets per second, according to Twitter.
Watched by millions around the globe, the final proved to be a tense game of soccer which saw the U.S. gain some momentous leads before Japan gained victory with a 3-1 penalty kick shoot out.
An agile Abby Wambach put the U.S. ahead in the 104th minute of the game with an impressive header goal. But a mere three minutes from the end of extra time Homare Sawa scored a goal by deflection, which saw the game pushed to penalty shoot outs.
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The shoot out saw Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori make two outstanding saves with Saki Kumagai proving to have the game winner which saw Japan lift its first ever World Cup Title.
Speaking after U.S. Women's National Team head coach Pia Sundhage said it had been a good game.
“First of all, I give credit to the players for playing good soccer,” she said.
“They kept possession better than in the other games we played. But we couldn’t put away our chances. We created a lot of good chances in the first half. It’s a final. There is a small difference between winning and losing.”
President Barack Obama, tweeted that he “couldn't be prouder of the women of #USWNT after a hard-fought game. Congratulations to Japan, Women's World Cup Champions.”