Punter collects almost £100k from World Cup bet10th July 2018 / lee
One punter at Paddy Power has been celebrating the World Cup in some fashion. That is because the punter, who is based in Surrey, collected a huge windfall from the quarter final action at the tournament. They correctly predicted the correct score of each of the four quarter final fixtures at Russia 2018 (over 90 minutes). They had compiled their selections into a £20 four-fold with the bookmaker.
The bet was started off in the first quarter-final with a 7/1 selection on a France 2-0 win over Uruguay. France had little trouble seeing off the South Americans, yet the second goal in the game from Les Bleus did come from nothing more than a routine shot from Antoine Griezmann. But that shot was horribly blundered by Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera to give Les Bleus the 2-0 win.
Next up was a very impressive call from the punter as they had backed a win for underdogs Belgium against Brazil. The punter had gone with an 11/1 selection on a Belgium 2-1 correct score. Brazil’s Fernandinho scored an own goal to give the Red Devils the lead before Kevin De Bruyne struck a sweet second for Belgium. Brazil had to press on in the second half and got a consolation with just under 15 minutes to go, but the Red Devils held out for a famous win.
That was Friday’s quarter final action so the punter had to wait for the next day for the bet to be completed. England produced a routine 2-0 win over Sweden to start the day and that 2-0 option on the Three Lions was at 7/1 odds. So the acca all boiled down to the 11/2 1-1 draw on Russia v Croatia. The host nation struck first, but Croatia quickly equalised and the punter had to wait 51 minutes for neither to score again.
Once that final whistle had gone through, the punter really wouldn’t have cared what happened in extra time in the game between Croatia and Russia (which ended 2-2 and Croatia winning the penalty shoot-out) because they had collected £99,840 return from their £20 stake.
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