UK bookmakers were hit almost as hard as Brazil themselves after Germanyâ€™s incredible 7-1 win in Mondayâ€™s World Cup semi-final, according to Agence-France-Presse.
Bookmakers including Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes all had to fork out hefty sums to punters after they made a killing off long odds.
Josh Powell, Paddy Power spokesman, wrote in the firmâ€™s blog: â€śIf you think it was a tough night for [Brazil striker] Fred, you havenâ€™t seen the state of Paddyâ€™s book.
â€śIf someone in the pub had told you they had backed some of these bets before kick-off youâ€™d suspect that the real ale had sent them crazier than a bag of racoons.â€ť
But, he continued, these â€śstupid-looking puntsâ€ť equate to a â€śstroke of geniusâ€ť now, and would be elevated to the firmâ€™s â€śPunting Hall of Fameâ€ť.
While no-one predicted the 7-1 final score â€“ which had been priced at 500/1 at Hills and 1000/1 at Paddys â€“ four Paddy Power bettors predicted the scoreline, such as one Essex-based punter who wagered ÂŁ5 and walked away ÂŁ2,500 richer.
A total of 82 punters backed Germany midfielder Toni Kroos to score two or more goals at 80/1, one of whom wagered ÂŁ20.
One punter who laid an 80p stake on a half-time score of 5-0 to Germany at 300/1 collected ÂŁ240 from Hills.
Joe Crilly, Hills spokesman, told AFP that while that was the only correct score bet they had it was still a â€śpretty bad nightâ€ť for the bookmaker, with more than 65% of bets backing the Germans to win.
He continued: â€śAlso, the injury-time consolation goal for Brazil sparked a million-pound-pay-out on both teams to score, which, more than the correct score or the first goal scorer, is our second most popular market after the match result.â€ť
He said it could be the most expensive consolation goal ever â€“ which is certainly true for one Ladbrokes customer whose ÂŁ2 on Germany to win 7-0 at odds of 1000/1 was ruined by the last-minute strike.
Rory Scott, another Paddy Power spokesman, told the AFP that the bookmaker experienced Wednesday much like Brazillian manager Phil Scolari, â€świth a bit of a sore headâ€ť.