Well done to all the bwinners out there who got on Thomas Muller at 19/4 to score the first in Germany’s 7-1 semi-final devastation of hosts Brazil in Belo Horizonte, which was tipped on these pages prior to kick-off.
How the FC Bayern Munchen hitman didn’t herald even more profits for black and gold punters – whose first-goal bet would have multiplied twice and thrice due to bwin.com’s double/triple money offer – by banging in one or two more will flummox historians of the samba jamboree for decades to come.
Muller’s 11th-minute opener shows we were on the right track though, and after some insane goading towards Arjen Robben from centre-half Martin Demichelis ahead of the last-four clash between the Netherlands and Argentina, 6/1 about the Oranje star breaking the deadlock should be gobbled up.
Quite what the Manchester City defender, who used to line up alongside Robben at the Allianz Arena, was thinking when he described his former teammate as ‘not a fighter’ before vowing ‘to get under his skin’ is unclear.
Get under his skin? Judging by the evidence of City’s Lionel Messi-inspired Champions League loss to Barcelona last term, never mind Robben’s roasting of somewhat-more sprightly Spaniard Sergio Ramos in the Dutch’s opening World Cup match, Demichelis won’t be able to get near him.
The follicly-challenged assassin has already notched an opener once in Brazil, against Australia in Group B, having struck twice in the second-half in the Netherlands’ 5-1 crushing of the deposed holders in Salvador.
Robben has emerged as coach Louis van Gaal’s greatest World Cup weapon by far since, particularly against Mexico, when he won a late penalty to see off the challenge of El Tri.
After failing to notch over 120 minutes – along with the rest of the Oranje – in the quarter-final shoot-out win over plucky Costa Rica, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man is a confident pick to bring home the double/triple bacon in Sao Paulo.