The novel Coronavirus has spread into Europe, negatively impacting football activity in the continent. English Premier League and all lower division leagues postponed. Bundesliga cancelled. UEFA Champions League suspended. However, Hull City and Bayern Leverkusen were still able to go head to head, and the former clinched a dominating 4-0 win, But how? A Connect 4 game on Twitter!
After the top flight German league dropped all of its matches for the coming week, Bayer Leverkusen initiated a Connect 4 game with Hull City via tweets. The supporters of both clubs stormed in to see them take each other on in an online friendly, and the battle soon went viral all over the micro blogging website.
After a 9 hour long battle of calculated moves and strategic comebacks, it was the Tigers who were finally the crowned victorious over their German adversaries, winning 4-0. Over 30000 Twitterati were following the online battle, and the final post got well over 20000 likes and 4000 retweets.
IT’S ALL OVER!!!! THE TIGERS HAVE DONE IT!!!
— Hull City (@HullCity) March 15, 2020
“A closely fought contest which we enjoyed from start to finish. 🙌 Thank you for playing, @bayer04_en. All the best for the rest of the season! 🧡#HULB04 | #hcafc | #theTigers” City payed their gratitude to the German side for the virtual match.
“🗣 The gaffer has arrived to speak to the press following tonight’s win…’I’m absolutely delighted with the result. We’ve got to give credit to Bayer Leverkusen who defended so well throughout, but our boys dug in deep and got the result the result they deserved.’ 💪” Hull City’s Twitter handle followed up with another hilarious depiction of how their manager Grant McCann had reacted to the Twitter battle.
Connect 4 is a board game played between two players, with the objective is to form a straight line of 4 connecting pieces horizontally, vertically or diagonally. The game was designed by Howard Wexler and Ned Strongin, and it was published by American board game manufacturer Milton Bradley Company in 1974.
Hull City are 21st in the EFL Championship table with 41 points, just one position ahead of the relegation zone. Bayer are currently 5th in the Bundesliga with 47 points.
With the current suspension over on-field matches, it will be interesting to see what the football clubs come up with on social media.