Okay, so like the rest of humanity on Sunday I was watching the World Cup Final. As a big follower of football it was something I’d been looking forward to all week – the mighty Germans taking on the wily Argentinians with arguably the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi.
But what really surprised me was how much everyone got into it. I mean, I get that it’s the biggest game in world football that only happens once every four years, but even people who usually seem to despise football were getting into it.
Social media erupted at the final whistle and while the final itself didn’t get as many tweets as the semi-final between Germany as Brazil, it still managed to notch up over 32 million tweets, of which there were 618,725 tweets per minute at the final whistle. That’s pretty impressive.
So here’s a breakdown of how social media reacted to the big events in last night’s match, some more hilarious than others.
This was the reaction of the Argentine coach to Higuain’s miss in the first half…
Meanwhile Prentice Jack managed to add credence to the old saying ‘a picture tells a thousand words’.
Here is how to describe Higuain’s miss
Then the unthinkable happened:
Gonzalo Higuaín’s effort is ruled out for offside. http://t.co/XXTDNRb6Tj
— Football Vines (@Vine_Football) July 13, 2014
But of course, the Germans had lived up to their famous reputation for organisation and had held their line perfectly ensuring Higuain was offside. And also letting him bolt off around the Maracana going berserk while everyone thought ‘just let him have this moment’. In fact it reminded me of something else…
Of course minutes before half time the Germans decided to give everyone in Buenos Aires a small cardiac arrest and slam one off the post.
Which for those among us who believed fate was deciding the match was only a sign of good things to come.
If Germany was supposed to win, that header wouldn’t have hit the post. Lets go #ARG!
— Brendan Marz (@BrendanMarz_) July 13, 2014
Half time came around and we were treated to some of that classic BBC punditry with Lineker, Shearer, Hanson and what appears to be Rio Ferdinand impersonating a pilot.
The second half kicked off and Messi threatened to do what we all know he’s capable of, and make every single defender look like an idiot. However, when played through he stroked the ball just wide – and every German breathed a sigh of relief.
Angela Merkel trades World Cup Final predictions with Pope Francis. pic.twitter.com/HZhq3HuKh9
— Niall Gooch (@niall_gooch) July 10, 2014
Then it all started to get a bit physical. Neuer nearly decapitated Higuain while everyone took it turns to give Bastian Schweinsteiger a good hiding.
So tough he cries blood…Bastian Schweinsteiger. pic.twitter.com/tC8N7t79u2
— FootballFacts101 (@FootballFact101) July 14, 2014
Finally the Argentines brought off the hapless Higuain who had been tranquilised by a vet after they couldn’t get him under control following his wild celebration. They were worried he’d break out of the Maracana and end up lost in the favelas. And Real Madrid said they’d like him back eventually. In his place they brought on Palacio, a man who looks completely normal until he exposes that weird bit of hair someone’s stuck on the back of his head and not told him.
My money’s on Mascherano the joker.
Argentine paper La Nacion leads with Germany’s players celebrating the cold-blooded murder of Javier Mascherano. pic.twitter.com/jFT0MPiGHy
— Dream Team (@dreamteamfc) July 14, 2014
So after all the antics the best was yet to come. Extra time came and penalties loomed large until…
Yes. The boy wonder came on and scored the winner. Who’d of thought it. And manager Joachim Low was delirious with happiness.
— Bruce Robertson (@_BruceRobertson) July 13, 2014
To be fair that wasn’t from last night. It just never ever gets old.
Argentina threatened again late on with a Messi free kick which he duly smashed miles over the cross bar.
After an agonising few more minutes for the Germans the final whistle went and cue the German celebrations:
— Amber-Lynn (@BombasticLove87) July 14, 2014
Meanwhile Messi had one final humiliation to put up with as he was sent up for to collect the prize for player of the tournament. Many said this was a dubious call but, he looked thrilled to have the acknowledgement all the same:
Neuer with Golden Glove and Messi with Golden Ball 🙂 pic.twitter.com/fYjQlBNOSL
— I Love Barcelona FC (@ILBFC) July 13, 2014
So there we have it. The World Cup is over, the Germans are champions and Rihanna got to hang out with the German team.
They brought me the cup!!! I love these guys!!! Congratulations!!!! pic.twitter.com/6K9sr56uHt
— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 14, 2014
And as for Angie… she’s never been happier.
Picture credit: Coach_J