World Cup Final Betting Review
Not all goalless draws are created equal, and Sunday's World Cup final crackled with energy throughout before a spectacular extra-time winner from Mario Gotze won it for the Germans.
While football fans were enjoying the action on the field, bookmakers across the globe were firmly focused on the corresponding action on their markets.
The German triumph hit many bookmakers hard with Coral forced into a “substantial six figure payout".
"Ever since their victory over Portugal in their opening game of the World Cup, Germany proved very popular in the outright betting. They were also well backed in the 90 minute betting and to lift the trophy market for the final," a Coral spokesman said.
The draw did provide some relief, as punters with strong opinions usually like to pick a side to win.
Sunday night was no exception, as Pinnacle Sports – which was offering $1m limits for the final – reported that Germany had received about 75% of the bets to win in 90 minutes. Argentina received 14%, while the draw attracted just 11% of the bets.
The lack of goals also helped bookies. Pinnacle reported that 59% of the action on the total was for Over 2.5 goals, while the popular BTTS selection was also a loser.
The relative anonymity of Lionel Messi was a small help, as the Argentine was the consensus top choice in goal-scoring markets.
Before the final, Messi's father told newspapers that his son "looked like his legs weighed 100 kilos", and was suffering from extreme fatigue. His analysis proved spot on as the Argentine superstar offered very little threat after missing an opportunity in the 46th minute.
Predictably, the final attracted the highest betting turnover of the tournament after England games.
Bet365 were not joining in the celebrations however, as their "Bore Draw" offer saw losing bets refunded in a variety of markets.
SkyBet also took a hit as one punter cashed an £83,000 fivefold on Germany to win the World Cup, Real Madrid to win the Champions League, Man City to win the Premier League, Wolves to win League 1 and QPR to be promoted.
Manuel Neuer had an eventful evening, escaping punishment for a flying knee to the head of Gonzalo Higuain, then scooping the Golden Glove award to put alongside his winners medal. He was the 11/4 favourite for the honour before the tournament.
James Rodriguez, a 150/1 shot for the Golden Boot, scooped the scoring title with six goals to Thomas Muller's five.
Messi was controversially given the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player, although the selection appeared to be based largely on reputation as he hadn't scored since the group stages and was visibly fatigued in the semi-final and final.