IT didn't take long for bookies to cut Spain for the World Cup after their Euro 2012 triumph on Sunday night.
Following a 4-0 win against Italy to make it three major tournament triumphs in a row, Spain were reduced from a best 6-1 to 11-2 for the event in Brazil in 2014.
Ladbrokes, who reported that £62 a second was bet in-play on the final, went from 6-1 to 5-1 and make Spain 7-2 for a third Euro crown on the trot. That means a World Cup and Euro double is 22-1.
Despite Spain's world dominance Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It’s not very often we cheer on Spain but they saved us an absolute fortune as punters piled in left, right and centre to the Italians. We’ll be toasting Spain’s success with a glass of Sangria.”
Brazil are 7-2 (various) favourites for 2014 with Argentina third ranked at 6-1 (Ladbrokes, Stan James). You can have 8-1 on Germany with several firms and the come Holland 16-1, Italy
20-1 and England 22-1.
Spain are 14-1 to beat Brazil in the final with Brazil 10-1 to see off the Spanish.