A football fan lost more than $160,000 (£134,000) after placing a seemingly safe bet on Argentina beating Saudi Arabia. Online betting platform TAB has confirmed that someone placed $160,000 on Lionel Messi's side to kick off their World Cup campaign with a win in Doha.The Copa America champions are tipped as one of the favourites of the tournament alongside fellow South Americans, Brazil.
However, the team which sits at number three in the Fifa rankings did not even manage to scrape together a draw against their 51st-ranked counterparts, instead losing 2-1 in the day three opener.
At odds of $1.13, the bet would have returned the fan $180,800 (£90,000), representing a profit of just $20,000 (£16,000) when compared to the huge sum they had to put on in the first place.Argentina took the lead through their talisman who scored from the penalty spot but two quickfire second-half goals from the Saudis produced one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history, less than a week into the tournament.
Elsewhere, football fans inspired by Saudi Arabia’s win, have backed Australia to do the impossible and beat reigning World Cup champions, France.Read more on independent.co.uk