Somebody Did See It Coming as Four Win Germany-Brazil Bet

July 9 (Bloomberg) -- Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brendan Greeley discusses the German elimination of Brazil in the 2014 World Cup. he speaks on “Bloomberg Surveillance.” (Source: Bloomberg)

Germany’s record 7-1 defeat of World Cup host Brazil was correctly predicted by four bettors, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Plc (PAP) said.

One of the gamblers, from Essex in eastern England, won 2,505 pounds ($4,286) after betting 5 pounds on the 7-1 result at odds of 500-to-1, the Dublin-based company said. It didn’t provide the payouts on the other bets.

The same odds applied to the 5-0 halftime score, won by one person in the West Midlands. Another had 20 pounds on two or more goals by Toni Kroos at 80-1, winning 1,620 pounds.

“If you think it was a tough night for Fred, you haven’t seen the state of Paddy’s book,” Ireland’s biggest bookmaker said on its website, referring to the Brazilian striker who scored only once in the tournament and was replaced during the match by coach Luiz Filipe Scolari.

The 7-1 score yesterday was the worst defeat in Brazilian history and the biggest semifinal loss in the 84-year-old soccer tournament’s history.

None of the 120,000 people who placed bets with William Hill Plc got the final score right, the U.K.’s biggest bookmaker said. One student from Altrincham won an 80 pence bet on the halftime score at 300-1.

Paddy Power has odds of 11-10 for the Netherlands to advance at Argentina’s expense in today’s semifinal to play Germany in the July 13 final.

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