The 2018 World Cup final was a high-scoring match in which France defeated Croatia 4-2. Overall, the tournament’s results kept the bookmakers on their toes, especially with the large number of late goals being scored.
France was generally third-favourite to lift the trophy before the World Cup began at a price of 5.5 behind Germany and Brazil.
Germany’s late winner against Sweden in the group stages was a big loser for many bookmakers but there were several shock results that worked in the betting firms’ favour, not least South Korea 2, Germany 0.
Across the tournament 22% of matches were drawn in 90 minutes, which is usually the best result for bookmakers.
One bet that backfired on bookmakers was “all teams to score 2+ goals”, which came to fruition when Panama scored against Tunisia in the final round of group G matches.