Spanish fan scoops €100,000 prize for correctly predicting 5-1 drubbing

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Almost the entire population of Spain was left devastated by the Netherlands' 5-1 victory in their World Cup opener on Friday night.

Almost. But not quite.

One Spain fan was left wearing a grin after the holders' 5-1 thrashing because it meant he was the only player in a national sweepstake to predict the match result - winning himself €100,000 (or £80,000) worth of fuel.

Jacobo Rios-Capape, 56, an architect from Valencia, was one of 70,000 people to take part in a World Cup sweepstake organised by Spanish oil company Cepsa, one of the Spain team's sponsors, at their petrol stations.

And he was the only one of those 70,000 to correctly guess that Spain would be ripped to pieces by an inspired Dutch team, thus claiming the entire prize pot.

"While obviously wanting Spain to win, I thought that if Netherlands beat us they would do it handsomely," Jacobo told Marca.

"So I thought of 5-1, even if I was not that sure."

So unsure was he, in fact, that Jacobo couldn't believe how rash he'd been with his prediction as he walked away.

"Actually, after I did it I thought it was crazy and it would never happen."

Amazingly, he was not alone in his successful prognostication of one of the tournament's most shocking defeats ever - and Spain's biggest World Cup loss since 1950. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power confirmed that it had had 10 people taking up pre-match odds of 500-1 on Netherlands beating Spain 5-1.

Spain play their next Group B match against Chile on Wednesday and Jacobo said he is planning to take another punt on the result.

"It will be my revenge for the defeat to Netherlands," he told Marca. "Tomorrow I am going to fill up my car and I am going to bet that Spain beat Chile 5-1."

Frankly, we're not sure why he's bothering to enter the competition again. Assuming that Jacobo covers the national average of 8,200 miles a year, he's only spending £1,200 a year on petrol in any case. Which means that his petrol bills are already covered until he reaches the ripe old age of 123.

Reuters / Eurosport

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