Bookmakers count the cost of Oscar consolation

Germany’s 7-1 demolition of Brazil has left some bookmakers scratching their heads over how some of their punters still managed to make money from correct score predictions. Four Paddy Power customers bet on the 7-1 scoreline, with one Essex punter seeing his £5 stake turn into £2,500.

Spokesperson Josh Powell commented in the Paddy Power Blog: “If you think it was a tough night for (Brazil striker) Fred, you haven’t seen the state of Paddy’s book. There were some stupid-looking punts that look like a stroke of genius now.”

Meanwhile a William Hill customer bet 80p on a half-time score of 5-0 to Germany at odds of 300/1. Out of 121,026 customers who placed a scoreline bet, he was the only one to make a profit. William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly told AFP: “All in all, it was a pretty bad night for us. Germany were incredibly well backed,” with more than 65 per cent of all bets placed on them.

“Also, the injury-time consolation goal for Brazil sparked a million-pound payout on both teams to score, which, more than the correct score or the first goalscorer, is our second-most popular market after the match result.”

There was a bright side for one bookmaker though: Oscar’s late strike cancelled out a £2 bet with Ladbrokes for Germany to win 7-0 at odds of 1,000/1.

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