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Tottenham and Villarreal paid out as winners despite defeats

Tottenham and Villarreal were both on the wrong end of comebacks on Thursday evening, denying both big upsets against Manchester City and Real Madrid – but were still paid out as winners as part of our 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout Offer.

The concession, which applies to more than 80 competitions, including the Premier League and Copa del Rey, means pre-match bets on teams are paid out as winners when they go two goals ahead, and applies to both singles, multiples and Bet Builders.

It may surprise you to read that Real Madrid haven’t made the final of the Copa del Rey since 2014, when Gareth Bale’s incredible solo effort secured the trophy, and it looked like they were heading for another premature exist on Thursday evening.

Villarreal took an early lead through Etienne Capoue with Samuel Chukwueze doubling their lead before half-time, triggering the Early Payout, before Real Madrid launched a second-half comeback.

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Vinicius Junior pulled one back shortly before the hour mark, with Eder Militao equalising after 69 minutes. Dani Ceballos then completed the comeback, seeing customers paid out on both Villarreal and Real Madrid.

Tottenham, too, took a two-goal lead into the break with Dejan Kulusevski and Emerson Royal scoring a quickfire double on the stroke of half-time – doing their arch rivals Arsenal a huge favour. 

But Antonio Conte’s men were undone by three goals in little over 10 minutes through Julian Alvarez, Erling Haaland and Riyad Mahrez, with the Algerian sealing the win at the death, meaning Tottenham, Manchester City, Villarreal and Real Madrid were all paid out as winners in both singles and multiples.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said: “At half-time it looked like we were sitting on a couple of coupon busters in the shape of Manchester City v Spurs and Villarreal v Real Madrid but we’ve ended up on the wrong side of a monster swing. 

“They say that 2-0 is the most dangerous lead in football – not when you have the bet365 2 Goals Ahead Early Payout.

“On top of that, Federico Chiesa scored a 78th-minute winner for Juventus in the Coppa Italia against Monza, sealing a miserable night for the traders.”

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