Incredible international football acca leaves the bookies reeling
One savvy customer used the half-time interval in Friday night’s World Cup qualifiers very wisely indeed, placing a four-fold scoreline accumulator at odds of 3502/1.
Eventually secured in the most dramatic circumstances, here’s how this fan – and a certain Polish goal-machine – took the bookies to the cleaners.
At the interval, Czech Republic were leading Slovenia 1-0 and Poland the same score ahead in Romania. Meanwhile, France v Sweden was goalless, and likewise for Slovenia at Ta’Qali National Stadium.
So, here’s what our psychic punter tipped to change…
Things started well, with Czech midfielder Jaromir Zrmhal scoring his first ever international goal in the 47th minute to extend their lead to 2-0, while Slovenia’s Benjamin Verbic opened the scoring in Malta.
Sweden were next up, taking a surprise lead away at France, with RB Leipzig ace Emil Forsberg opening the scoring on 53 minutes, before the hosts wrestled the lead from them within 15 minutes, thanks to goals from Premier League pair Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.
But our fan’s nerves will have been growing during a quarter-hour of inaction in front of goal, with Slovenia and France’s one-goal margins staying put, but no sign of a goal from the Norwegians or the two needed from Adam Nawalka’s side.
Poland’s Robert Lewandowski gave this most ambitious of accas a boost with an outstanding solo effort, before a consolation strike from Bournemouth’s Josh King tied up the loose ends in France v Norway.
That meant our brilliant bettor was just one Polish goal away from glory – provided nothing changed elsewhere.
Finally, with defences on top elsewhere, Tricolorii centre-back Dragos Grigore needlessly sent Lewandowski tumbling in the box in injury-time.
The Bayern Munich man slotted home coolly from the spot, to secure this incredible quartet, no doubt sparking wild celebrations in our punter’s living room.
‘Unbelievable’, as our own Chris Kamara would say.
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