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RIO DE JANEIRO---Nervous Brazilian soccer fans
took to Twitter to breathe a collective sigh of relief
as the final, tension-filled moments of a penalty
shootout against Chile broke an all-time record for
online buzz during a live event.
Almost 389,000 tweets were generated in the minute
after Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara's penalty shot hit
the right post and allowed the five-time World Cup
champion to avoid an early exit from the tournament
that it's hosting for the first time since 1950.
That broke the previous mark set during this year's
Super Bowl. About 382,000 tweets were sent just after
the Seattle Seahawk's Percy Harvin returned a kickoff
87 yards for a touchdown, according to data compiled
by the microblogging site.
But don't count America's pastime out just yet.
Team USA's strong performance at this year's World
Cup is driving interest in the soccer among Americans
and the group stage match against Portugal was the
most-watched soccer game on television. But overall,
the NFL showpiece game generated nearly 25 million
tweets, trouncing the 16.4 million during Saturday's
round of 16 match, the most-tweeted yet during the
BELO HORIZONTE---Brazil is trying to
regroup for the rest of the World Cup
after narrowly avoiding a humiliating
elimination from its home tournament.
The hosts needed a penalty shootout
to beat Chile in a tense second-round
match on Saturday, extending a run that
could have ended just four matches into the competi-
After the final Chile penalty hit the post, Brazil players
dropped to the ground, with many of them crying after
coming so close to defeat in front of their fans.
Players and coaches didn't hide their relief, but their
focus has soon turned to the quarterfinal against Colombia
on Friday in the northeastern city of Fortaleza. The aim
now is to try to fix the mistakes that led to a disappointing
performance in Belo Horizonte.
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted that Brazil will
have to improve if it wants to reach the final at the Mara-
cana stadium on July 13.
"We have to look at why we didn't get better," Scolari
said. "Each match from now on will be more and more
difficult. We have a good national team, we are not better
or worse than any of the other teams that are still playing.
We need to try to make fewer mistakes in the next
matches. We may not be this lucky again."
Brazil didn't play well throughout the match at the
Mineirao Stadium. It was never able to impose its game
and didn't capitalize on its few scoring chances. The
hosts came close to defeat near the end of extra time,
when Chile striker Mauricio Pinilla struck the bar.
"If you don't take advantage of the opportunities that
you have, you may end up paying a high price, and we
almost had to pay that price with two minutes left,"
Brazil's strikers have been ineffective for most of the
tournament, with the exception of Neymar, but even he
had a below-par performance on Saturday.
Brazil is yet to win at this World Cup when the
Barcelona star fails to score. The defense also wasn't at
its best, giving up a lot of space to Chile.
Had Brazil been eliminated, it would have been its
worst performance in World Cups since 1990, when it
fell in the round of 16 to Argentina. The five-time cham-
pions have now reached the quarterfinals of the last six
tournaments, winning two of them, in 1994 and 2002,
and making it to the final once, in 1998. Brazil has been
eliminated in the quarterfinals of the last two World
"We know we haven't won anything yet," said Brazil
World Cup breaks Super
Bowl record on Twitter
goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who made two
penalty saves to lead his team to a 3-
2 win in the shootout following a 1-
1 draw. "But I think that winning a
match like this gives us even more
strength for the next phases of the
For Friday's game against Colombia, Brazil will be
without defensive midfielder Luiz Gustavo, who received
his second yellow card against Chile.
Brazil tries to regroup
reacts after the
at the World Cup
round of 16 soccer
Brazil and Chile at
in Belo Horizonte,
Brazil won 3-2 on
the winner in the
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