By avoiding defeat to Russia, Poland did William Hill a massive favour. Russia were Hills first £2m liability of the tournament with punters having backed them as if they could not lose (from 7/5 to 23/20 and at every price in between). Over £1,000,000 of the liability was on singles alone with £500,000 wrapped up in accumulators.
Blaszczykowskis strike could not have been any sweeter, said Hills spokesman Joe Crilly. Not only because it was a wonder strike but because it saved us paying out a fortune as well.
After the Czechs early goal against Greece became the fastest goal of the Euros so far, Hills offer 16/1 that there is a quicker goal scored at any point in the tournament. Hills also offer 6/5 that three or more additional goals are scored in the opening five minutes of games throughout the rest of the tournament.
How many MORE goals in first five minutes of Euros games: 6/5 three or more; 8/13 two or fewer
Group A winner: 3/10 Russia; 4/1 Czech Republic; 7/1 Poland; 33/1 Greece
Group A qualify (not to): 1/10 Russia (11/2); 4/5 Czech Republic (10/11); 5/4 Poland (4/7); 10/3 Greece (1/5)
Euros outright: 11/4 Germany; 3/1 Spain; 9/1 France; 10/1 England; 12/1 Italy; 12/1 Holland; 12/1 Russia; 20/1 Portugal; 25/1 Croatia; 40/1 Ukraine; 40/1 Denmark; 50/1 Poland; 66/1 Czech Republic;100/1 Sweden; 150/1 Greece; 250/1 Rep of Ireland
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