World Cup Day 5 Betting Recap: England Edges Tunisia, Sweden Tops South Korea, Belgium Throttles Panama
Twitter @OptaJoe. Pictured: Andreas Granqvist celebrating a made penalty kick
Matchday 5 of the World Cup ended in dramatic fashion as England nabbed a late game-winner in stoppage time to beat Tunisia 2-1. In other Group G action, Belgium throttled Panama, 3-0, and in Group E Sweden topped South Korea, 1-0.
Here’s a look at the betting results from Monday.
Match #13: Tunisia vs. England (Group G)
Result: Tunisia 1-2 England
Moneyline: England -200
Spread: Tunisia +1.5 (-150)
Total: Over 2.5 (+120)
England put an extraordinary amount of early pressure on Tunisia early but had just one goal to show for it. They came close a number of times, including this ridiculous save less than three minutes into the match:
Tunisia’s starting goalkeeper even had to be subbed off in the first half after making a flurry of saves, but England weren’t able to capitalize. Tunisia even ended up getting a fortunate penalty kick call to make it 1-1 before halftime, adding to the frustration for England fans and bettors.
The frustration continued into second half stoppage time until Harry Kane headed home the game-winner to make it 2-1 England.
It was a valiant effort for Tunisia to stay in it, but England fully deserved the three points.
Match #13: Belgium vs. Panama (Group G)
Result: Belgium 3-0 Panama
Moneyline: Belgium -460
Spread: Belgium -1.5 (-152)
Total: Over 2.5 (-150)
This was yet another scoreless game at halftime, but the second half opened with a bang for Belgium:
Dries Mertens was +450 to score the game’s first goal and broke the deadlock right after halftime on a perfectly struck volley. That opened the floodgates for Belgium as Kevin De Bruyne fed Romelu Lukaku for their second goal, and Eden Hazard assisted Lukaku for a third.
Belgium to win by an exact 3-0 scoreline paid out +550.
European teams are now 7-1-3 this World Cup, but this was the first win for a FIFA Top-5 ranked side.
Match #12: Sweden vs. South Korea (Group F)
Result: Sweden 1-0 South Korea
Moneyline: Sweden +125
Spread: Sweden -0.5 (+125)
Total: Under 2 (-118)
This wasn’t the easiest game on the eyes as the teams combined for more than 40 fouls. After another scoreless first half, Sweden broke through on a penalty kick awarded by VAR (Video Assistant Referee).
South Korea had a great chance to equalize in stoppage time but headed just wide of the net.
Sweden’s win puts them at the top of Group F with Mexico with three points apiece.
Germany and South Korea are now tied at the bottom of the group with 0 points each. Sweden plays Germany next, while South Korea meets Mexico.