Toni Kroos’ Flithy Goal Wrecks Germany-Sweden Under Bets

Jun 23, 2018 4:40 PM EDT
  • The over/under for the Germany-Sweden match was 2.5.
  • Under bettors were feeling great as the match wound to a close with the score tied, 1-1.
  • But Germany, down a man, scored an incredible goal off a set piece in the final minute of stoppage time to cash over bettors' tickets.

The Highlights

  • The over/under for the Germany-Sweden match was 2.5.
  • Under bettors were feeling great as the match wound to a close with the score tied, 1-1.
  • But Germany, down a man, scored an incredible goal off a set piece in the final minute of stoppage time to cash over bettors’ tickets.

Ninety-four minutes down … one to go.

That’s exactly what Germany-Sweden under bettors (2.5) everywhere were thinking entering the final minute of stoppage time, with the match tied, 1-1.

And then Germany’s Toni Kroos did this …

Make or miss, this was going to be the last legitimate scoring chance of the game, and Kroos buried it from a tough angle to send over bettors to the window.

The goal also impacted those who bet the spread (Germany -1) and the draw (+373).

Both Sweden +1 and the draw looked safe … until they didn’t.

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Making matters worse for everyone negatively impacted by Kroos’ goal: Germany was playing a man down after Jerome Boateng got his second yellow card of the evening.

A secondary storyline: Kroos’ strike also gives everyone who bet Germany futures before the World Cup new life.

The Germans, who lost their opening match to Mexico in stunning fashion, were the second-shortest favorite prior to the tournament (+455). A draw on Sunday would’ve put them at major risk of being eliminated before the knockout rounds.

They’re now tied with Sweden for second place in Group F with a Wednesday match against South Korea looming. Germany is -557 to win that match.

Credit:

Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, midfielder Toni Kroos and midfielder Julian Brandt.

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