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Football: 'Crazy' bets on Germany pay off for British punters

Published on Jul 10, 2014 6:36 AM
Brazil's goalkeeper Julio Cesar (right) fails to stop a ball shot by Germany's forward Thomas Mueller during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 Fifa World Cup on July 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

aLONDON (AFP) - Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil was deemed "crazier than a bag of raccoons" by reeling bookmakers on Wednesday after some British punters lined their pockets betting on the freak result.

Of the major betting chains, Paddy Power and William Hill priced the astonishing W orld Cup semi-final result at 500/1, while Ladbrokes had it at 1,000/1.

Among the hundreds of thousands of punters, nobody predicted the 7-1 hammering at Ladbrokes or William Hill, while four Paddy Power customers predicted the scoreline.

One, from Essex in south-east England, had £5 (S$10.60) riding on it, and is now £2,500 the richer.

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