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World Cup Betting: Fourth Penalty Payback refund issued as Croatia edge past Russia

11:29 AM WAT 09/07/2018
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Online bookmaker bet365 have now refunded outright winner bets on Spain, Denmark, Colombia and the host nation as the semi-finals approach

bet365's Penalty Payback concession has now been triggered four times during the 2018 World Cup.

The latest set of refunds came as Croatia eliminated Russia on penalties, the second consecutive clash where Zlatko Dalic's side have come out on top via spot kicks.

It's not too late to get involved in Penalty Payback either, with wagers placed until kick off in Sunday's final being eligible.

Place an outright winner bet on the 2018 World Cup and get your stake back as cash if your selection goes out of the competition via a penalty shootout. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Russia's elimination was the fourth time bet365 refunded punters this summer with Denmark, Colombia and Spain all being knocked out via this method earlier in the competition.

The offer has now accounted for well over £2 million's worth of pay-outs from the online bookmaker. That number could be set to rise significantly as the last few matches approach though, with several popular sides still in the running.

bet365’s Steve Freeth said “We head to the semi-finals on four refunds, the same number as in the whole of the 2014 showpiece, with the very well backed England still in the running.

“Plenty will remember what happened the last time England got to a World Cup semi-final!”

The Three Lions are 11/8 (2.38) to beat Croatia in normal time and 8/13 (1.62) to qualify for the final which would see them face either France or Belgium on July 15 in Moscow.

Les Blues are 31/20 (2.55) favourites to win the first semi-final in normal time with bet365 who are 21/10 (3.10) that Roberto Martinez’s men repeat their victory over Brazil. The draw is available at 9/4 (3.25) with the same firm.

The outright winner market sees France at 2/1 (3.0), England as 11/4 (3.75) shots together with Belgium (11/4) and Croatia complete the all-European affair at 4/1 (5.0) to go all the way.