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England win back-to-back World Cups, a decade after Hungary lift the trophy

They may be back home now, but just over a week ago Serbian fans were dreaming of the knockout stages of the World Cup when Alexandar Mitrovic fired them into a 3-1 second-half lead against Group G rivals Cameroon. 

A win would have moved them onto three points, ahead of a potential qualification decider against Switzerland in their final game. 

That Mitrovic goal however, sparked a Cameroon comeback, with goals from Aboubakar and Choupo-Moting sealing a fine comeback. Those goals also ensured that the 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout came into play, and bet365 paid out almost £2million on both Serbia, thanks to taking a two-goal lead, and the draw, in the Full Time result market.

How they wish that bet365’s Early Payout Offer could have been retrospectively recreated in real life, and that they could’ve shook hands on a comfortable win in their bid to qualify from Group G. 

That had the team at bet365 thinking, which other huge World Cup matches would have finished differently, if the 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout offer determined the end result. We look back at some of the biggest comebacks in the tournament’s history.

2 Goals Ahead

The bet365 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout Offer is an always-on promotion for all football fans, and available on over 80 leagues and competitions, where selections will be settled as a winner if the team you back goes two goals ahead.

The Early Payout offer is available on single and multiples, and can be enjoyed by new and eligible customers. 

Unlike other bookmakers, bet365’s Early Payout Offer is available on the standard Full Time Result market, rather than a separate coupon, meaning customers can take advantage of the offer on the best available prices.

For single bets, if the team you back to win goes 2 goals ahead at any stage during the match, we will pay out your bet in full regardless of whether the opposition comes back to draw or win the match.

For multiple bets and Bet Builder bets, if a team you have backed on the standard Full Time Result market goes 2 goals ahead, this selection will be marked as won within My Bets, with the remaining selections left to run.

View all terms and conditions here

The history of the World Cup is rewritten through bet365’s 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout Offer.

1954 | Semi-Final heartbreak for England but final delight for Hungary

If you had placed a patriotic bet on England to beat Belgium in the group stages of the 1954 World Cup, you would have been over the moon to see Newcastle United’s Ivor Broadis score in the 63rd minute to put England 3-1 up.

With your bet now a winner, you could have sat back more comfortably than the fans in attendance, who witnessed Rik Coppens spark a comeback for the Belgians, and a final score of 3-3 at full time and 4-4 after extra time. That ‘victory’ would have been enough for England to top Group 4, usurping Switzerland, and leading to a quarter final tie against Austria rather than Uruguay.

Walter Winterbottom’s Three Lions had defeated the Austrians in Vienna just two years before, and with confidence peaking, would have seen off their opponents to advance to the semi-finals.

Whether they would have made the final, is up for debate.

The final itself is possibly the greatest example of the bet365 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout Offer in action. Hungary would have gone into the final as short priced favourites in the betting on the back of a 32 match unbeaten run, and the fact that they had already beaten opponents West Germany 8-3 in the group stages.

That favouritism would have been justified when Ferenc Puskás and Zoltán Czibor fired the Magical Magyars into a 2-0 lead after just 8 minutes, invoking an early payout for prospective punters, and in our mythical rewriting of history, gift them the World Cup.

However, in reality, instant replies from Max Morlock and Helmut Rahn levelled the game before Rahn scored a second goal to give the West Germans a late 3-2 lead, which they would not lose.

1966 | North Korea shock the world, and steal England’s trophy?

1000/1 outsiders for the tournament before a ball was kicked, North Korea arrived in England for the 1966 World Cup with few expecting them to score a goal, never mind make it out of the group. But that’s what they did.

After a confidence sapping opening defeat to the Soviet Union, they rallied to draw with Chile and then, remarkably, eliminated two-time world champions Italy with a 1-0 victory in their final group game.

That victory earned the North Koreans a quarter final tie against Eusebio’s Portugal. 

The few North Korea backers with bet365 would have been celebrating a winning selection when Pak Seung-Zin and Li Dong-Woon scored, and it got even better when Yang Sung-Kook added a third goal midway through the half had them 3-0 ahead and looking towards a semi-final spot with England.

England, with one eye on a Wembley final, concede early in the mythical semi-final, having to dig deep to come from behind to see off a determined North Korea outfit.

In reality though, we cannot forget Eusebio’s stunning four goal haul in that quarter final tie with North Korea, which saw his Portugal team win 5-2 and advance through. In total Eusebio would score nine times in England, earning his team a third placed finish

1970 | England win successive World Cup titles!

With the bet365 Early Payout Offer already in the bag following goals from Alan Mullery and Martin Peters, England were cruising towards the semi-finals in Mexico. 

Italy in the last four and Brazil in the final would have been no match for Sir Alf Ramsey’s all conquering team. The famous image of Bobby Moore and Pele swapping shirts would have been replaced by one of the iconic no6 lifting the Jules Rimet trophy for a second time.

Franz Beckenbauer had other ideas though.

The German superstar dribbled past an English player before rifling home a goal from outside the box. Die Mannschaft were not happy with a consolation goal, and striker Uwe Seeler scored a scruffy equalizer to level the match 2-2 at full time. 

In extra-time, Germany pushed for a winner as Jurgen Grabowski’s cross was headed back across the box for a Gerd Muller tap-in.

2018 | Japan make waves as Belgium sent home!

It’s Rostov, 2018, and goals from Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui have just put Japan 2-0 up against heavily fancied Belgium. Bet365 have paid out on the 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout Offer and Japanese fans around the world are planning for a quarter final clash with Brazil.

Unfortunately even in this mythical rewriting of World Cup history, we can’t see Japan defeating Brazil in the quarter-finals, and erasing Kevin De Bruyne’s midfield masterclass against the Selecao just doesn’t seem right either!

How the Early Payout works

Place a pre-match bet on the standard Full Time Result market for Soccer games from selected competitions up to and including Saturday 31st December 2022. Applicable competitions listed below.

For single bets, if the team you back to win goes 2 goals ahead at any stage during the match, we will pay out your bet in full regardless of whether the opposition comes back to draw or win the match.

For multiple bets and Bet Builder bets, if a team you have backed on the standard Full Time Result market goes 2 goals ahead, this selection will be marked as won within My Bets, with the remaining selections left to run.

See Significant Terms and Conditions here and Full Terms and Conditions here

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