Bastian Schweinsteiger experienced a dream return from the injury woes that have plagued his Manchester United career to date, when netting within three minutes of his introduction as a 90th-minute substitute for Germany v Ukraine.
In doing so, the decorated Die Mannschaft veteran scuppered a bet that had copped at every other Euro 2016 game so far bar one.
Of the six ties already contested in France, four have been decided by a one-goal margin – an eventuality you can back at bwin.com without even having to specify which team will prevail.
The host nation downed a good value Romania 2-1 thanks to Dimitri Payet’s late, great 25-yard strike at the Stade de France, while their Group-A bedfellows Switzerland prevailed over a spirited Albanian outfit by one goal to nil.
Wales and Poland also leant their weight to the success-by-the-slenderest-of-margins bandwagon with 2-1 and 1-0 victories over Slovakia and Northern Ireland respectively.
Where games have failed to follow the formula – Germany’s win over Ukraine and England’s 1-1 draw with Russia – only injury-time strikes have thwarted trend-savvy punters from landing ‘either-side-to-win-by-one-goal’ odds.
Today’s fixtures offer further opportunity to profit from a wager that could come to define a fiercely-competitive tournament.
Spain take on the Czech Republic at 2:00 PM, followed by Republic of Ireland v Sweden at 5:00 PM and the intoxicating prospect of Belgium v Italy at 8:00 PM.
The defending champions’ meeting with the most-porous defence to qualify is seen as least likely to reward win-by-one-goal backers at 33/20.
Even so, some seven of the Czechs’ last ten competitive internationals were decided by the odd strike.
Both the Republic’s duel with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and friends and what, on paper, looks the clash of the day are 6/5 to be won by exactly one goal.
Backing all three encounters to be decided by the slenderest of margins in a treble pays out just short of 12/1.