IT was almost the perfect day with Kenny Miller scoring first and Scotland hanging on to a 2-1 lead over the Czech Republic with seconds remaining.
I tipped Miller to net the opener at 7-1 with Stan James and Scotland 2, Czech Rep 1 at 10-1 with William Hill and was working out the scorecast odds when the Tartan Army's hopes of making it to the Euro 2012 finals divebombed.
Cheating Jan Rezek threw himself in the box, the Dutch ref fell for it and it was 2-2 as the spot-kick was rifled home.
William Hill were preparing to cut Scotland to 3-1 to qualify for Poland and Ukraine but instead go 50-1.
Hills spokesman Graham Sharpe said: “The penalty that never was means Scotland are 50-1 no-hopers.”
Looking a little further ahead William Hill make Scotland 11-4 to qualify for the next World Cup but 1-4 not to be there.