How the #CapitalOneCupFinal unfolded on Twitter

Monday, 2 March 2015

When Chelsea (@ChelseaFC) clinched the first title of the UK season with a 2-0 Capital One Cup (@CapitalOne_Cup) victory over Tottenham (@SpursOfficial), the world took notice on Twitter:

How the #CapitalOneCupFinal unfolded on Twitter

Although Chelsea won the cup, Spurs had taken early bragging rights, winning an iconic fan vote to light up the arch at Wembley (@WembleyStadium):

Supporters of both clubs were given the chance to influence the outcome exclusively on Twitter, by Tweeting to #SpursAtWembley or #ChelseaAtWembley, and they got involved in huge numbers:

In a tight race, the lead switched hands a few times before Tottenham prevailed 51% to 49%. The lighting up of the arch was broadcast on Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNewsHQ) and shared via a Vine video:

The match itself was the most-Tweeted about sporting event in the UK on a day that also included Liverpool (@LFC) v Manchester City (@MCFC) in the Premier League (@PremierLeague), and Ireland (@IrishRugby) v England (@EnglandRugby) in the Six Nations (@rbs_6_nations):

Both goals, and other key incidents, were Tweeted out via official broadcaster Sky (@SkyFootball) within moments:

The five moments during the final which generated the greatest spikes in conversation on Twitter (measured in Tweets per minute) were:

  1. Full-time whistle blows as Chelsea becomes champions
  2. John Terry scores to make it 1-0
  3. Diego Costa scores to make it 2-0
  4. Chelsea lift the Capital One Cup trophy
  5. Chelsea bring on Didier Drogba in place of Diego Costa

Chelsea captain John Terry was the most-discussed individual on the day, closely followed by his manager Jose Mourinho:

The three most-Tweeted about players were:

  1. John Terry
  2. Diego Costa
  3. Harry Kane (@hkane28)

Meanwhile, Chelsea used Vine to brilliant effect to bring their fans closer on match day, capturing the journey across London:

And the jubilation of victory:

But fans were making themselves heard too, using Twitter to send in selfies for a chance to appear on the big screen at Wembley. Supporters, both famous and unknown, got involved:

But final word went to Blues goalscorer Diego Costa, on a day that belonged to Chelsea: