A handful of Marathonbet punters were counting their lucky stars after scooping thousands of pounds from Porto’s own-goal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Several customers backed ‘no first goal scorer’ at around 18/1 with Marathonbet in the clash with Borussia Dortmund in Portugal. With hosts Porto needing an early goal to boost their chances of making it past the round of 16, punters looked to be dealt an early blow when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s close-range shot smashed the crossbar and rebounded over the line.
With betslips ready to be torn up, replays showed the ball in fact came off the back of ex-Real Madrid and Spain keeper Iker Casillas for an own goal, meaning there was technically no first goal scorer in the game according to Marathonbet rules. The match remained 0-1 and Dortmund cruised through to the next round 3-0 on aggregate.
More importantly, six shrewd customers won more than £3,000 between them – including a punter from Kent whose £100 stake returned £1750. Not a bad day in the office!
Other notable punts over the weekend included an epic 180/1 six-fold football accumulator that was saved in the dying minutes thanks to Leicester’s last-gasp goal against Norwich. The London-based customer won more than £800 from a £4.50 stake after correctly predicting Doncaster would draw with Millwall, Barrow would draw with Forest Green Rovers, Hartlepool would draw with Northampton, Hearts would beat Kilmarnock, Wigan would beat Bury and Leicester would beat Norwich.
With the table-topping Foxes struggling to find the net against Norwich and all other results going our man’s way, he must have been sweating on his betslip until Leo Ulloa converted Marc Albrighton’s cross in the 89th-minute to secure another win for Claudio Ranieri’s side. What are the odds that guy is now a Leicester City fan for the rest of the season?
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