Pana-Mania! Central American side’s goal stings us for £700,000

Panama were never going to go quietly and while they didn’t manage to get the win in the end, they certainly left a lasting impression on Paddy Power…


Panama finally made their mark on the World Cup last night – by scoring against Tunisia, the international minnows have cost Paddy Power £700,000.

That’s because we offered odds of 100/1 pre-tournament that all 32 World Cup teams would score two or more goals for the first time in history.

After Poland’s winner against Japan earlier in the day, that left just Panama on one goal scored, until Jose Luis Rodriguez’s strike deflected in off Tunisia’s Yassine Meriah 33 minutes into the first half.

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The goal, added to the consolation strike from Felipe Baloy in the 6-1 drubbing from England, gave Central American outfit a second of the World Cup and landed the 100/1 game.

Amongst the winners celebrating tonight is one punter whose £150 bet has earned them £15,000 in winnings.

Asked about Panama’s goal spokesman Paddy Power said: “I feel a right Pan-ana after that goal.

“Panama haven’t given their fans too many reasons to celebrate this tournament, but that strike will be cheered loudly by hundreds of punters across the country.”

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