Solo player wins over 30k from a £24 stake!
A 75th minute goal from Turkey’s Cenk Tosun saw a solo player win over 30k from a £24 stake! They placed the ticket in our £30,000 Pick 4 pool just over an hour before the first games kicked off. The first two legs saw England host Slovakia at Wembley whilst Northern Ireland played the Czech Republic at Windsor Park.
England and Northern Ireland deliver
Northern Ireland secured a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic covering this lucky punter’s only selection for the game. Goals from Johnny Evans and Chris Brunt before half time put Northern Ireland in a commanding position. They defended resiliently in the second half to advance the ticket into the second leg.
The second leg saw England survive a scare from a sloppy opening first half to overcome Slovakia. A 1-1 or 2-1 result was required for this player to advance to the Tuesday fixtures. Stanislav Lobotka sent Slovakia 1-0 up after just 3 minutes capitalising on some poor defensive work from Marcus Rashford. The United star made amends for his early mistake by assisting Eric Dier from a corner and then neatly finishing of a chance in the second half.
Irish luck runs out
The last two fixtures in the pool involved Serbia’s trip to Republic of Irelands Aviva stadium and Turkeys match against Croatia. The crucial fixture at the Aviva stadium required a 1-0 result either way. A tight game was decided by Alexander Kolorov’s thunderous strike in the 55th minute. The former Manchester City player slammed home the winner of the bar to advance the ticket and leave Ireland’s world cup qualifying hopes hanging by a thread. Nikola Maksimović’s red card in the 68th minute led to heavy Irish pressure but they couldn’t find a breakthrough, to the delight of this player.
Turkey revive qualifying hopes to carry ticket over the line
The final leg required a 1-0, 0-0 or 0-2 result to bring home the jackpot. All cash out offers were ignored meaning an all or nothing situation in a nervy last 15 minutes for this player. With 75 minutes on the clock Turkey scored a vital goal via Cenk Tosun to keep their qualification hopes alive and undoubting prompt joyous scenes for this solo player. Turkey eventually held out leaving this ticket as the only successful winning unit, bagging the full jackpot in our international pick 4.
The infamously droll international break gave this player a memorable victory during the absence of the Premier League. The beloved competition is back once again this weekend!
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