Heading into their rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, nobody expected very much from the Netherlands when it lined up against reigning champion Spain. Granted this isn’t quite the same Spain side which has won three straight major tournaments, but Vicente del Bosque’s team was still considered among the pre-tournament favorites. Meanwhile a combination of injuries and inexperienced players left the Dutch as little more than an afterthought despite their historical pedigree.
As we know now, the Netherlands rocked Spain 5-1 in a eye-opening performance which included showpiece goals from Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben. It’s a scoreline nobody on the planet saw coming except for one man, 56-year-old Spaniard Jacobo Ríos-Capapé.
According to Spanish sports daily Marca, Ríos-Capapé was the only person to accurately predict the 5-1 loss by Spain in a contest run by Cepsa, a Spanish gas company. Over 70,000 people participated, totaling over 120,00 entries. In turn he collected about $135,000 worth of free gas.
Ríos-Capapé says he plans to enter another contest for free gas and bet on Spain to win 5-1 vs. Chile.
[Via Dirty Tackle]