Singapore has scored an own goal with its World Cup anti-gambling ad which features a crestfallen boy telling his friends his dad bet his life savings on Germany -- who have just reached the finals by thrashing host nation Brazil, 7-1.
The video, which has run every day of the World Cup, went viral on social media soon after the Brazil game ended and Singapore government ministers were quick with some tongue-in-cheek remarks.
"Looks like the boy's father who bet all his savings on Germany will be laughing all the way to the bank!" Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin wrote on his Facebook page.
"Germany beat Brazil 7-1! Brazil need to find out what went wrong and I need to find the script-writer for the gambling control advertisement," appropriately named Minister for Trade and Industry Teo Ser Luck said in another post.
The National Council on Problem Gambling said the ad was a timely reminder of the possible effects of gambling on loved ones and not to get carried away in the "excitement and hype" of the World Cup.
"Selecting Germany injected a sense of realism in our messaging, since no one will bet on a potentially losing team," a spokesman said. "At the end of the day, win or lose, the dangers of problem gambling, and the potential anxiety and pain that loved ones go through, remain unchanged."
BRAZIL’S IMAGE SHATTERED: MARADONA
Germany's 7-1 thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup semifinal was a "hammer-blow" that has damaged the hosts' image around the world, Argentine great Diego Maradona said.
The astonishing reverse was Brazil's record World Cup defeat, their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975, and the first time they had lost by six goals in any match since Uruguay beat them 6-0 in the Copa America in 1920.
"I said Germany were better than Brazil, I didn't like Brazil from the start, but I didn't think Germany were going to be so imposing, so devastating, so decisive," the former World Cup winner said on TV Tuesday.
"Brazil just didn't turn up and I think the worst thing for Brazil is that they gave an extremely poor image. OK, Germany were strong but the Brazil players simply weren't on the pitch."
Maradona knows what it is like to be humiliated by Germany: He managed Argentina at the World Cup four years ago where the Germans beat his team 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
HUMMELS RE-INJURES KNEE
Germany defender Mats Hummels is undergoing treatment for a knee injury but should be fit to play in the World Cup final on Sunday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Wednesday.
Hummels asked to be taken off at halftime in the World Cup semifinal against Brazil on Tuesday due to the injury. He first hurt his knee in Germany's 4-0 win over Portugal at the start of the tournament.
"Everyone's OK except for Mats Hummels and he's getting further treatment," Bierhoff told German TV, adding the players were given the day off on Wednesday. "It's a precautionary measure. We assume he'll be able to play in the final."
Hummels was also spotted walking on the beach on Wednesday with a smile outside his team's quarters, although he appeared to be limping slightly.
Germany team spokesman Jens Grittner said Hummels, 25, was suffering from tendonitis in the knee.
"We'll have to see what happens and take it one day at a time," said Grittner.
Hummels, who scored Germany's match winner in a 1-0 victory over France in the quarter-final and a goal in the win over Portugal, told reporters in Belo Horizonte that he had felt pain in the knee in warm-ups and that it got worse in the first half.
"I've had problems with it for a few days," Hummels said. "But for the first time it didn't go away after warm-ups. In the match it got worse and worse." He said he asked to come out at half time when Germany were leading 5-0 en route to a 7-1 win.
BOSNIA COACH TO STAY
Safet Susic will continue as Bosnia coach and lead them through the Euro 2016 qualifiers despite their early exit from the World Cup, the Bosnian Football Association (NFSBiH) said on Wednesday.
Susic, whose contract expired on July 1, came under fire for reverting to a cagey 4-5-1 formation in defeats by Argentina and Nigeria and the team won only one match against Iran at their first World Cup as an independent nation.
But the 59-year-old Susic, who played as a striker for Yugoslavia in the 1982 and 1990 tournaments, won the unanimous support of the NFSBiH Board.
"I have already said it would be difficult for me to leave and fortunately that moment has not come yet," Susic told reporters.
"I will continue coaching the team which I expect to qualify for Euro 2016 and perform better," he added.
Susic signed a two-year contract that will keep him at the helm until the end of the 2016 European Championship in France.