Eight mil. watched Oranje beat Chile

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Leroy Fer heads home the winner. Oranje beat Chile 2-0 in the 2014 World Cup group stage (FourFourTwo/Twitter). Leroy Fer heads home the winner. Oranje beat Chile 2-0 in the 2014 World Cup group stage (FourFourTwo/Twitter)

Over 8.1 million people across the Netherlands watched the Dutch national football team beat Chile 2-0 in the final Group B match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The television audience increased by more than 200,000 people compared to their last game, a thrilling victory over Australia.

This viewership makes last night's match the most watched World Cup game in The Netherlands. The stakes were high in the match, with the winner taking first place in the group. At the start of the night, it was widely expected that tournament host nation Brazil would win Group A, thus taking on the losing team in the Netherlands-Chile match.

Holland will now face Group A runners-up Mexico on Sunday in the Round of 16, after team substitutes Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay scored goals in the second half.

The game was avidly followed on Twitter with almost two million tweets recorded, the social network reported shortly after the game's conclusion. Over 51,500 tweets were sent out in the 77th minute as Fer broke through to score Oranje's first goal.

Another 58,000 tweets were also recorded after Memphis Depay scored in the 90th minute,  followed by 44,000 more at the full-time whistle. The most mentioned players during the match were Arjen Robben, Memphis Depay and Leroy Fer from The Netherlands, and Alexis Sanchez, Claudio Bravo and Felipe Gutierrez from Chile, according to a statement from Twitter.

According to CNN International, the 2014 World Cup is becoming to biggest social-media event ever. The World Cup’s opening match between host country Brazil and Croatia spurred 12.2 million tweets alone, while in the tournament’s first week over 450 million posts, likes and comments were reported by Facebook.

Twitter has promoted the hashtag which features tweets from selected clubs, media outlets, players and FIFA.

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