By most accounts, Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara didn’t have the best of days Saturday. In Chile’s World Cup knockout stage clash with Brazil, the "World Cup's unluckiest player" may have given Brazil an early lead when he appeared to accidentally put the ball into his own net, despite the goal being officially credited to Brazil’s David Luiz.
Then after Alexis Sanchez equalized for Chile and forced the match to extra time and ultimately penalties, Jara struck the post with his kick, sending Brazil into the quarterfinals and the Chileans crashing out of the tournament.
But despite having a day on the pitch he’d rather forget, Jara did find his way into the record books Saturday. When his shot hit the post, it helped set a new record for tweets per minute on Twitter.
According to Twitter’s data, when Jara missed his penalty kick, there were 381,985 tweets being sent per minute, a number that surpassed the previous record of 381,605 tweets per minute set during this year’s Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.
The Brazil-Chile round of 16 clash was also the most tweeted World Cup match to date, with some 16.4 million tweets being sent during the course of the 120-plus minute encounter. That beat the previous Twitter record of 12.2 million tweets being sent during a World Cup match, set during the tournament's opener between Brazil and Croatia.
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