Sports gambling handicappers were pleasantly surprised however when the new look Germans were transformed into a World Cup betting favorite as they reached the final four.
Just as online sports gambling fans began to believe and buy into Germany, however, the run to glory was thwarted by powerful Spain in a tight 1-0 final in which the original World Cup chalks established themselves as a legitimate world power with just one more win needed on Sunday to clinch the crown.
For Germany it was a bitter disappointment that leaves them in Saturday’s third place game against Uruguay.
Germany was being touted as a new wave team that had abandoned its old plodding style of iron will and defense for a more offensive and attack oriented system that was exciting to watch.
Against Spain, however, the German team betrayed itself by reverting back to old tactics. Germany fell back into a conservative defensive mode in their sports gambling matchup with Spain that left their team, gamblers, and fans feeling betrayed.
The loss left a sour taste in Germany’s mouth and some harsh words were offered by star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer about the World Cup football betting defeat.
“We didn’t quite have the courage we needed,” said Neuer. “We didn’t show enough attacking intent and we failed to create enough chances. We have scored before half time in almost all of our matches, which was always a boost to our confidence but this was different.”
German defender Marcell Jansen agreed with his teammate.
“Spain’s organization and tactics are in a different league,” said Jansen. “We knew we would have to be patient but we might have tried taking a few more risks. Ultimately we’ve come up a bit short.”
Saturday’s sports book gambling matchup between Germany and Uruguay still looks to be a potential thriller but only if Germany can regroup. There is considerable doubt about that after what captain Philipp Lahm had to say following the loss to Spain.
“Right now, I really don’t feel like playing for third place,” said Lahm. “The disappointment is very big. We had a lot as our goal and we didn’t succeed.”
The young German team simply “met its match” with the World Cup betting odds against Spain, who proved to be even more dynamic on the attack than Germany was in wins over England and Argentina in which they won by a combined 8-1 margin.
“They (Spain) were simply the better team,” said German forward Miroslav Klose.