A well-informed punter yesterday experienced what was surely a moment of clarity - an epiphany struck him as he sat, excitedly awaiting the World Cup semi-final between Brazil and Germany.
A voice in the back of his head told him that Germany were going to beat Brazil 7-1. 'That's crazy' he told himself, shaking his head in disbelief at his own ridiculous thought, yet he knew he would always regret it if he didn't do it - so he did.
The UK-based punter scooped £2,500 by putting a fiver stake on Germany to win 7-1 – at odds of 500/1, outrageous stuff.
A Paddy Power spokesperson said, “It was nice that the rest of the Brazil team decided to miss the match in tribute to Neymar and Silva – but on reflection they’ll probably realise it kind of backfired.”