An incredible World Cup final bet sees punter landing €10,000
Given the fact that France's previous two games before the World Cup final were somewhat cagey affairs, the general consensus was that the showpiece match in Russia would be somewhat similar.
Deschamps' side disposed of Uruguay with minimal fuss in the quarter-finals and while their semi-final against Belgium wasn't exactly a classic, you had to admire France's ability to quell the threat of Hazard and co. while keeping them at an arm's length.
On the other hand, Croatia seem to revel in chaotic, fast paced and off the cuff football. That's why they're such a joy to watch.
Their matches against Argentina, Russia and England were three of the most memorable games of the tournament and as the final approached, some people were confident that the meeting between Croatia and France would be an open affair.
A Paddy Power customer took a €20 punt on correctly predicting the half-time and full-time scores in the World Cup finals – and netted a whopping €10,000 this evening.
The odds of them managing to mystically foresee that the scoreboard during the France v Croatia thriller would read 2-1 to France at half-time, and 4-2 to France at full-time were a staggering 500/1.
Here's the betting slip.
Two hours before the game got underway, this punter strolled in through the doors of one of the Irish bookmaker’s shops in Co Kildare, and stuck their €20 down in full confidence of their apparent psychic abilities.
Fair play to them.
Another person that's in the money is JOE reader Sean Keyes after he placed €10 on all of the following happening in the match:
Both teams to score in the first half - Mario Mandzukic's own-goal gave France the lead but that was cancelled out by Ivan Perisic's superb strike.
Both teams to score in the second half - Only the 3 more goals in the second-half there.
Antoine Griezmann to score anytime - Thank you VAR.
Kylian Mbappe to score anytime - The PSG attacker became the youngest player since Pele to score in World Cup final.
Mario Mandzukic to score anytime - As Sean said: "I owe him (Hugo Lloris) a beer."
Paul Pogba to score anytime - He might have dabbed with the World Cup trophy, but that pass at the start of his goal was worthy of gracing any final.
The €10 stake ended up with Sean winning €4510. Fair play.