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Argentina vs Saudi Arabia: Football fan loses $160,000 after betting Argentina will beat Saudi Arabia in 2022 FIFA World Cup

A soccer fan has lost over $160,000 (£134,000) after placing a seemingly safe bet on Argentina’s victory over Saudi Arabia.

Online betting platform TAB has confirmed that someone bet $160,000 on Lionel Messi’s side to start his World Cup campaign with a win in Doha.

The Copa America winners are named as one of the favorites for the tournament along with other South American Brazilians.

However, the team, which is ranked third in the FIFA rankings, failed to even tie their 51st.

At odds of $1.13, the bet would return the fan $180,800 (£90,000), a profit of just $20,000 (£16,000) compared to the huge sum they had to bet first.

Argentina took the lead thanks to their talisman, which scored from the penalty spot, but two quick goals from the Saudis in the second half caused one of the greatest upsets in World Cup history, less than a week before the start of the tournament.

Elsewhere, football fans inspired by Saudi Arabia’s victory backed Australia to do the impossible and beat reigning world champions France.

Argentina fans were shocked by the final result

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Graham Arnold’s side still has a huge task ahead of them despite Didier Deschamps’ Les Bleus running a weakened squad hampered by injuries to key players such as Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante.

But these failures have inspired some of the better ones to bet their money on Socceroos. One football fan bets $700 (£589) at odds of $12 (£10) on Australia to win, which would return $8,400 (£7,000).

France are hoping to avoid showing off their tournament rivals

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Another bet $500 (£420) on the Australians, but at slightly lower odds of $10 (£8), equating to a possible win of $5,000 (£4,209).

The World Cups are famous for dark horses making huge surprises to the rest of the competition and going deep in the tournament, with teams that are supposed to go far in the tournament dropping out early.

Croatia reached the finals in 2018 and one player backed them to go one step further and win the competition by betting Luka Modric’s team $5,000.

At odds of $51 (£42), Croatia’s win would have won $255,000 (£214,000).

Another player bet $1,000 (£840) on Switzerland to win, with a chance of winning $101,000 (£85,000) at odds of $101 (£85) for the Swiss.

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