Sports gambling handicappers and fans saw a breathtaking World Cup betting quarterfinal win by Uruguay over Ghana in a 0-0 penalty kick shootout.
Uruguay is yet to suffer an online sports gambling loss so far in the World Cup and has what many consider to be the best player in the world with Diego Forlan, who scored a penalty kick goal over Ghana.
There are some concerns, however, that sports gambling karma may be against Uruguay as they used a handball by Luis Suarez on what would have been a last minute game winning goal by Ghana to force the game into a penalty kick. Suarez, in fact, will not play Tuesday as he will serve a penalty for the incident.
Uruguay is not without some historic success in the World Cup as they posted championships in 1930 and 1950 with a semifinal appearance in 1970.
Uruguay will also be carrying the hopes of South America on their shoulders as they are the lone remaining team from the region and entered action as a prohibitive World Cup football betting underdog.
Forlan is enjoying a career renaissance in the World Cup as he was chided for his poor performance with Manchester United of the English Premier League but has been better with Atletico Madrid where he led them to a Europa League title this past May.
He is a leading contender for the Player of the Tournament Award. Forlan is tied for a team best 3 goals so far in the tournament.
“The attention has not been ours,” said Forlan. “While everyone has been thinking about other teams we have swum through a net.”
Uruguay will not be operating in sports book gambling anonymity anymore, however, as a win against the Netherlands will put them into Sunday’s championship final.
Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez likes how his team has come together and is confident in their chances with the World Cup betting odds.
“This is a very united squad and most of the players have been together for four years now,” said Tabarez. “The Netherlands have a great team with great players, but we need to believe in our chances.”