The #MobileWorldCup action heated up over the weekend. Plenty of goals, shocks and tweets were on offer with a few of the early favourites suffering to shock exits.
England needed an Italy win for any chance of progression in our tournament, with Portugal also needing a strong performance against early favourites, USA.
Italy 3 Costa Rica 2
Moment of the match: Bryan Ruiz crushed the hopes of England fans with a header confining the Three Lions to an early World Cup exit. Off the pitch, it was enough to score an early goal in this Mobile World Cup fixture and it gives them a fighting chance of progression in the tournament.
Most mentioned player: Bryan Ruiz can thank the England fans for his second goal. Of all the 3.2 million tweets posted during this game (@TwitterData), he was the most popular topic.
Star player: Mario Balotelli has always been a player to watch on and off the pitch. His following of 2.5 million pulled one back for Italy. 2-1.
Strongest mobile applications: Italy levelled the game through their much stronger mobile applications’ market. 2-2.
Most mobile social media users: Italy came from behind to win 3-2 and give England hope in our Mobile World Cup. They can thank the 75% of mobile users who access social media.
Switzerland 1 France 4
Moment of the match: Olivier Giroud opened the scoring for France in what was a free-flowing game. France went on to score 5 goals on the pitch, but it was Giroud’s opener which generated the most talk on Twitter making it 1-0 to France.
Most mentioned player: Karim Benzema has been in fantastic goal-scoring form for France on and off the pitch. A man of the match performance in their last fixture saw Benzema scoring 3 Mobile World Cup goals for his nation. Again, he proved too much for the Switzerland defence to handle as he added another goal – making it 2-0.
Star player: Raphael Varane has been a surprise package for France in our competition. The young defender has over 1.3 million followers making him one of the players to watch on Twitter, and also making it 3-0 to France.
Strongest mobile applications: France finished the game as they started it. Switzerland’s mobile applications may make them strong contenders in the Mobile World Cup but the French are just too strong for them. 4-0.
Most mobile social media users: Switzerland pulled two consolation goals back on the pitch and managed to score one off it. 78% of their mobile users access social media, but that wasn’t enough to stop the French who finished the game 4-1.
Honduras 4 Ecuador 1
Moment of the match: Enner Valencia scored two for Ecuador in this game and it was his second goal which added a first for them off the pitch. His goal, which put Ecuador ahead, generated the most attention on Twitter and made it 1-0.
Most mentioned player: Valencia scored a brace off the pitch and added one off it. His strong performance made him the most mentioned player and made it 2-0.
Star player: It was the turn of Antonio Valencia to join in with the scoring. His 1.7 million followers made it 3-0 to Ecuador and made it difficult for Honduras to make a comeback.
Strongest mobile applications: Ecuador managed to sneak in a fourth goal thanks to their stronger mobile applications.
Most mobile social media users: Honduras managed to pull one back with 80% of their mobile users accessing social media.
Argentina 5 Iran 0
Moment of the match: Lionel Messi scored a dramatic winner for Argentina in the dying moments of the game. His individual effort made it 1-0 to Argentina on and off the pitch.
Most mentioned player: A lot of the talk building up to the World Cup has focussed around Lionel Messi and he hasn’t disappointed during this Mobile World Cup campaign. All of the talk during this fixture was focused on the Argentina number 10, making it 2-0.
Star player: Argentina fired ahead thanks to Sergio Aguero. His 6.1 million followers make him one of the main players to follow in this tournament. 3-0.
Strongest mobile applications: Iran never looked like getting much out of this fixture. Argentina’s dominance of the South American mobile application market made it 4-0.
Most mobile social media users: It was always going to be difficult for Iran to make their mark in our Mobile World Cup campaign. Censorship laws in the country meant that they were always going to struggle to score goals, and Argentina’s 81% of mobile users accessing social media were enough to make it 5-0, and eliminate Iran from the competition.
Germany 4 Ghana 1
Moment of the match: Miroslav Klose entered World Cup folklore hitting Germany’s 2nd in the game. His second half strike was his 15th World Cup goal and was enough to generate the majority of the talk on Twitter. 1-0.
Most mentioned player: It was all about Klose in this game. Although Germany failed to beat Ghana on the pitch, off it it was all about the Germany striker. His record-equalling goal made it 2-0 to Germany.
Star player: Mesut Ozil is renowned for his assists on the pitch, and off it he was assisted by his 6.3 million followers who made it 3-0 to the Germans.
Strongest mobile applications: Germany have been many people’s favourites in this competition. A strong mobile application market meant Ghana had no chance of coming back into this game. 4-0.
Most mobile social media users: Ghana did manage to score a consolation Mobile World Cup goal. 45% of their mobile users are on social media but that wasn’t enough to stop a comprehensive win for Germany.
Nigeria 2 Bosnia 3
Moment of the match: Peter Odemwingie scored the only goal of the game which was enough for a Nigeria victory and started their Mobile World Cup fixture off strongly. 1-0.
Most mentioned player: Edin Dzeko struggled to impress on the pitch but the Bosnia striker did make his mark off it. The majority of the talk on Twitter centred around him and added an equalisor for Bosnia. 1-1.
Star player: Edin Dzeko added a second thanks to his 1 million followers on Twitter. 2-1.
Strongest mobile applications: Nigeria levelled the game with a stronger mobile application market.
Most mobile social media users: It was Bosnia who finished the stronger of the two sides. 71% of their mobile users access social media, giving them a fighting chance of progressing through to the knockout stage.
Belgium 3 Russia 2
Moment of the match: Belgium’s Divock Origi scored the only goal of what was an uneventful game. His 90th minute winner generated the most attention off the pitch, making it 1-0 to Belgium.
Most mentioned player: A lot of Belgium’s hopes in this tournament are focussed around Eden Hazard. Of all the tweets posted during the game it was the Belgium midfielder who captured the imagination. 2-0.
Star player: Hazard made it 3-0 with over 2.5 million followers on Twitter.
Strongest mobile applications: Russia added a consolation thanks to their strong mobile application market but will be hoping for more action on the pitch, to give them any chance of making a mark on this tournament.
Most mobile social media users: Russia made it 3-2 with 69% of their mobile users accessing social media.
South Korea 0 Algeria 5
Moment of the match: South Korea and Algeria played out one of the most memorable World Cup fixtures to date. Of all the six goals scored it was Algeria opener which generated the most attention. Making it 1-0 to Algeria in their Mobile World Cup fixture.
Most mentioned player: It was the goalscorer, Slimani who was the most mentioned player. 2-0.
Star player: Algeria looked well on their way to winning this one thanks to Nadil Bentaleb. The midfielder has a following of over 65,000.
Strongest mobile applications: Algeria ended any South Korean Mobile World Cup dreams with a much stronger mobile application market. 4-0.
Most mobile social media users: Algeria finished this game strongly, with 77% of their mobile users accessing social media.
Portugal 3 USA 2
Moment of the match: Clint Dempsey put the USA in front and looked like ending Portugal’s World Cup campaign. His second half goal generated the most attention on social media, making it 1-0 to USA. Over 304,000 tweets were posted at the time of his goal.
Most mentioned player: All eyes were on Cristiano Ronaldo and they were joined by over 1.5 million tweets to his personal account. 1-1.
Star player: Portugal have been dependent on Ronaldo’s performances. The Portugal number 7 has carried his team through this tournament and with 27 million followers, Ronaldo will have more to say on the outcome of this competition.
Strongest mobile applications: USA have been strong early on in this Mobile World Cup tournament. Their mobile applications make them one of the strongest nations in our competition.
Most mobile social media users: A shock defeat to USA was compounded by the 77% of mobile social media users in Portugal.