Taxi for Honda and Paddy! Last second winner stings us for over £300,000

Nacer Chadli may be the toast of Belgium after last night’s winner, but he was also the hero for our punters as we paid out on both Les Diables Rouges and Japan…

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If you woke up this morning wondering did last night’s drama actually happen at the World Cup? Let us be the ones to confirm that, yes, Belgium really did score with 20 seconds to go to complete an unbelievable comeback from 2-0 down to knock out Japan.

After a dull first half, Genki Haraguchi rocked the Rostov Arena by giving the underdogs the lead just three minutes into the second period with a smart finish past Thibaut Courtois.

The Chelsea stopper was given no hope whatsoever four minutes later as Real Betis winger Takashi Inui blasted in a second from long range to double Japan’s advantage and leave one of the pre-tournament favourites firmly on the ropes.

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Not only was the goal a thing of beauty, it also meant we had to pay out our Japan-backing punters 40 minutes early thanks to our 2 Up You Win promotion, and you could have got tasty odds of 17/2 on them before kick-off.

That was far from the end of the story though, as Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen looped in a fortunate header to give Roberto Martínez’s men a lifeline with just over 20 minutes to go and Marouane Fellaini then celebrated his (unexpected) new Manchester United contract by nodding Belgium level with a little over a quarter of an hour left.

With extra time looming on the horizon, Japan got a corner with less than a minute on the watch.

Surely, they’d keep it in the corner and guarantee themselves a shot at winning the game in extra-time or penalties. Surely not. Keisuke Honda didn’t read the script and foolishly launched the corner into the grateful palms of Courtois and he launched his country on a lightning quick break as the seconds ticked down.

West Brom’s Chadli incredibly became the unlikely hero for his nation latching onto a low cross from Thomas Meunier to send Belgium into a last eight meeting with Brazil with the final kick of the game.

The late strike doubled the misery of our bean counters to the tune of £303,000 as we were forced to pay out on a Belgian win, having already shelled out on a Japan victory earlier on.

With plenty of action left to go at the World Cup you can still take advantage of our 2 Up You Win promotion on all matches in Russia, so get Putin on those bets people!

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