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Germany odds-on for World Cup glory after obliterating Brazil

| 09.07.2014

Do not adjust your television sets was the message from BBC pundit Gary Lineker for viewers tuning in at half-time to find Germany 5-0 in front of hosts Brazil, in what became a surreal evening in Belo Horizonte which saw the hosts eliminated in crushing fashion 7-1.

In light of Germany’s record-breaking semi-final pummelling of Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side, Ladbrokes have now adjusted the odds to make Die Mannschaft the clear 8/11 favourites to lift the trophy.

Holland, who play Argentina in the other semi final are deemed 7/2 shots, while Lionel Messi and co are slightly shorter at 5/2 to win the competition.

One particularly unlucky punter was only minutes away from landing a £2000 jackpot from a stake of just £2, after having the audacity to back a 7-0 German triumph at odds of 1000/1.

Meanwhile, shell-shocked Brazil boss Scolari is given odds of 9/2 by the firm to walk away from his post before the third-placed play-off.

Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “We’ve never known anything like it. Not a single person saw the 7-1 coming and while the consolation was deemed worthless in commentary, it was anything but for the thousands of customers who backed both teams to score in the match.”

He added: “We’re not prepared to offer huge odds about Scolari walking before the third place play off. When it comes to a major shakeup in the post-mortem, all bets are off.”

Four goals in the space of six chaotic first-half minutes simply blew a ragged Brazilian side away as Joachim Loew’s clinical German team took full advantage of the hosts’ naivety.

It’s difficult to see any side preventing Germany from winning after such a marauding display, but in this World Cup, nothing is ever as it seems.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.