How Toni Kroos' free-kick routine cost unlucky punter £5k

Germany’s Toni Kroos celebrates after he scoring the winner from just inside the penalty box
Germany’s Toni Kroos celebrates after he scoring the winner from just inside the penalty box

Toni Kroos’ goal sparked wild celebrations in Germany, but it was a case of so near yet so far for one unlucky punter.

Although the late winner against Sweden came from a free-kick, Kroos played a short pass to Marco Reus, who tapped it back into the path of Kroos to strike on goal.

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It meant that his stunning effort was just inside the box – and that is what ruined Lee Robinson’s day.


Robinson had put together an unlikely treble for yesterday’s football; Romelu Lukaku to score a double for Belgium against Tunisia, Mexico to beat South Korea 2-1 and Toni Kroos to score from outside the box.

He put a £5 bet on using SkyBet and it gave him odds of 1049/1, which meant he would have been in line to net £5,250 if it came in.

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After Lukaku’s double and Mexico’s 2-1 victory, Robinson would have been thrilled to see the Real Madrid passmaster standing over the ball in added-on time, giving him one last shot at winning the cash.

But it was a case of agony, not ecstasy, as Kroos laid it off to Reus and struck the ball from inches inside the penalty box and Robinson was left empty-handed.


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