One Ladbrokes punter turned the phrase “another day, another dollar” into something special on Wednesday.
Our books saw a $1.00 two-leg multi placed on the outcome of two Euro 2020 qualifiers- Norway vs Sweden and Switzerland vs Denmark. As if backing the winner wasn’t hard enough, this brave battler went for the jugular backing a 3-3 draw in both contests.
The payout was a cool $8,281 and a few years shaved off the punters’ expected lifespan. Here’s a full recap of a very nervy three-hour wait:
Norway 3 – Sweden 3
A scoreless stalemate right up until the 41st minute, it was Norway who broke the deadlock with a brilliant Bjorn Johnsen goal on a confusing cross from Omar Elabdellaoui. The Norwegians got right back to work in the second half thanks to a brilliant midfield dash from Joshua King, who went on to score a crucial header from Markus Henriksen to make it 2-0.
Next, it was penalty time, only this time things fell in Sweden’s favour. A foul on Viktor Claesson sent Andreas Granqvist to the dot, only for goalie Rune Jarstein to deflect the shot into the path of Claesson who made it 2-1.
With five-minutes of regular time remaining, Sweden grabbed another on a deflected own-goal from Havard Nordtveit to put the pressure right back on Norway. Finally, 25-year-old Robin Quaison found himself in the thick of the action, jumping on the end of a cross to chip in Sweden’s third goal, right before Norway equalised with a stunning last-second corner on a header from Ola Kamara.
It was a dramatic 90-minutes for our punter, but the action didn’t stop with the first leg as Switzerland and Denmark had plenty of fireworks left in-store…
Switzerland 3 – Denmark 3
Switzerland jumped out to an early lead with a 19th minute Remo Freuler goal, before what appeared to be a slow stroll toward the 90-minute mark turned into complete chaos.
Grant Xhaka scored Switzerland’s second goal of the game in the 66th minute before Breel Embolo made it 3-0 not long after. The Swiss switched into clock-killing mode with the game seemingly in the books, only for Mathias Jorgensen to boot home a goal in the 84th minute to give Denmark a hope and prayer.
What transpired in the moments after was nothing short of a miracle. Christian Gytkjaer scored Denmark’s second goal, and as the game look headed towards a thrilling extra-time finish, Henrik Dalsgaard delivered a stunning 93rd-minute equaliser to share the points.
The comeback is up there with Liverpool’s 3-0 comeback against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final and Sweden’s 4-0 turnaround against Germany in the 2012 World Cup Qualifiers, while this punters’ lucky day remains one of the most memorable Legendary Lands in Ladbrokes history.
As for Denmark, they now prepare to host Ireland on June 7.