Kroos Goal A Killer For Bookmakers

Kroos Goal A Killer For Bookmakers

A 95th minute Toni Kroos stunner rescued a vital three points for Germany in an enthralling 2-1 victory over Sweden on a day that saw bookies take a beating.

Kroos Goal A Killer For Bookmakers

Bookmakers reported huge losses following the last-gasp goal in Sochi, notably an eight-figure sum for bet365 and £1.3m for William Hill. Belgium's 5-2 victory over Tunisia and Mexico's 2-1 victory over South Korea earlier during the day meant that popular bets including Over 2.5 Goals, BTTS and BTTS & Win all landed for punters.

bet365's Steve Freeth tweeted: “A huge goal for #GER & a big one for punters. We’ve had some good results this tournament but that’s our worst day of the #worldcup by far. I’d say an 8 figure loss.”


Punters had piled on the world champions following Ola Toivonen’s first-half lob, a goal potentially foreshadowing a disastrous group stage exit for Die Mannschaft.

Marco Reus knocked-in the leveller shortly after the interval, but a resilient Swedish rear-guard continued to frustrate deep into stoppage time.

Joachim Löw’s side had drifted to 23/1 on Betfair in the outright tournament market, before Kroos’ sumptuous free-kick swerved past Swedish stopper, Olsen.

The Real Madrid maestro has breathed new life into Germany’s World Cup hopes, who’s odds have dropped to 7/1 for a consecutive tournament triumph.

The Germans should despatch a winless South Korea with relative ease in their final group game and 10Bet are offering 11/2 for them to progress in first place. Kroos and co are now best priced at 1/8 (with Coral) to qualify from Group F.

Mexico are 2/5 on the Betfair Exchange to top the table, knowing a draw against a deflated Sweden will see them progress as winners of the group.