5 crazy things you missed: One lucky punter, BBC’s major German anthem gaffe

The Rio Report

Often some of the funniest, most interesting and quirky moments at sports events go almost unnoticed, rarely featured in reports or blog posts.

So here are five ridiculous things you may not have already seen or heard about from the last week with the World Cup throwing up some mad stories.

Did you see anything particularly noteworthy that passed off without mention? Feel free to bring it to our attention in the comments section below...

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1) 'NO ONE COULD HAVE PREDICTED THIS SCORELINE!' - Yeah, except someone actually did...

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RIP Brazil: The night football changed forever

One football fan from Essex ended last night's World Cup semi-final £2,505 to the good following a £5 bet on the correct scoreline.

One lucky punter correctly guessed the semi-final result to pocket £2,505 after having put a £5 stake on Germany to win 7-1 at odds of 500/1 while a few other canny supporters backed a 5-0 half-time scoreline which netted some healthy four-figure rewards.

A Paddy Power spokesperson said, “It was nice that that the rest of the Brazil team decided to miss the match in tribute to Neymar and Silva – but on reflection they’ll probably realise it kind of backfired.”

BBC Radio Five presenter Mark Pougatch declared that "anyone who says they predicted this result must be lying". Well, one lucky chap really did!

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2) BBC'S MAJOR GAFFE OVER GERMANY ANTHEM - That's 'incredibly insulting', actually

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Germany's World Cup semi-final clash with Brazil saw many very notable gaffes, but they were not all made on the pitch by the hapless hosts. Yes, the BBC made a pretty bad blunder with their commentary, from the start through the game.

Several BBC viewers complained on Twitter after commentator Steve Wilson referred to German fans singing "Deutschland über alles" – not part of the country's national anthem since the end of the second world war, and a matter of some sensitivity.

Many took to Twitter to display their disgust at the situation with the commentator being accused of being "incredibly insulting" and a "HUGE gaffe".

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3) 'WE ASK YOU ALL FOR FORGIVENESS' - Heartbreaking interview with Brazil captain after humiliation

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Mourinho: Luiz made mistakes, but he wasn’t the only one

"Apologies to everybody, apologies to all the Brazilian people," said a tearful David Luiz after the mauling in Belo Horizonte in a very tough to watch post-match interview.

"I just wanted to see my people smile. We all know how important it was for me to see all of Brazil be happy, at least because of football.

"They were better than us. They prepared better. They played better. It's a very sad day but it's also a day from which to learn." Please, get rid of those violins, this is too much!

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4) WHAT ON EARTH? - Brazil fans burn Neymar shirt in disgust, even though he couldn't play

Brazil: Angry fans burn Neymar shirt... by Ruptly

So Neymar almost single-handedly hauls Brazil through to the World Cup semi-finals, but then has the audacity to get himself injured. That can be the only reasoning these Brazil fans must have come to as they decided to burn a Neymar shirt in public.

What was the poor man supposed to do from his hospital bed as his team lost 7-1 in his absence?

That angry young man talking directly to the camera is denouncing all things related to Brazilian football, saying: "Brazil isn't worth a thing. They think that's football. That's not football at all. That's an illusion. Shame - here, at the Brazilian World Cup."

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5) WHAT IS GOING ON, THIS IS CRAZY?! - Brazil's nightmare summed up in one brilliant GIF

Brazil's absolute demolion at the hands of Germany last night has been given the GIF treatment by our resident wizard Chris Edser.

And with that, we reach a fitting end to another day of craziness from the World Cup in Brazil. With the hosts out, who knows what's going to happen next.



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