Late Messi strike saves punter a fortune

The Rio Report

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Lionel Messi came to the rescue of Argentina when he whipped a arching effort into the net to beat a stubborn Iran side 1-0 on Saturday.

He has been rightly lauded for scoring a second consecutive match-winning goal for his side.

However, unbeknownst to Messi, his strike will have been met with a huge sigh of relief from one punter in America.

With Argentina overwhelming favourites to beat the Iranians, one confident gambler in Las Vegas backed Argentina to the tune of $350,000 (£205,000).

The stake secured the punter $30,000 (£17,000) but it looked for a very long time that they could have been looking at a substantial loss.

Imagine the stress of looking at those slips as the clock ticked to 90 minutes.

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