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World Cup Opener Gets More Facebook Comments Than Oscars

  • Mexico's Hector Moreno (on the ground) fights for the ball with Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match at the Dunas arena, in Natal June 13, 2014. 
  • Souvenirs of the World Cup soccer trophy are put on sale in a shop in Ribeirao Preto, 336 km northwest of Sao Paulo, June 13, 2014. 
  • Brazil's goalkeeper, Julio Cesar, attends a training session in Teresopolis, near Rio de Janeiro, June 13, 2014. 
  • Cameroon's Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting reacts after he scored a goal which was disallowed due to an offside call during their 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Mexico at the Dunas arena, in Natal, June 13, 2014. 
  • Mexico's Giovani Dos Santos gestures after he was caught offside during the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match against Cameroon at the Dunas arena, Natal June 13, 2014. 
  • A fan from Mexico waits for the start of the 2014 World Cup Group A soccer match between Mexico and Cameroon at the Dunas arena, Natal, June 13, 2014. 
  • Brazilian policemen stand in line outside the Arena Fonte Nova stadium, Salvador, Brazil, June 13, 2014.
Brazil's 3-1 win over Croatia in the World Cup opener on Thursday generated 58 million posts on Facebook, almost five times more than this year's Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, the social media company said on Friday.

The most commented play on Facebook was Neymar's first goal, which leveled the match after Brazil fell behind early with an embarrassing own goal. The second most talked-about play was the controversial penalty that led to Neymar's second goal, putting Brazil ahead for the first time.

With 16 million posts, Brazil was the most active country on Facebook during the game, followed by the United States and England.

"That number represents more than 20 times the capacity of all the stadiums of the World Cup,'' Facebook said in a statement.

The World Cup is a big business opportunity for companies like Facebook as fans around the world turn to social media to comment on live events.

The most active demographic group during the opening match was men between 18 and 24 years old, Facebook said.
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Despite the World Cup, here in Brazil everybody think that our country needs other kinds of investments, specifically in public polices. But we are ready to have you here. Come here and be welcome !!! You gonna have great times !!!

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