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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Paul the Octopus picks Spain to beat Germany in World Cup semi-final

The eight-legged oracle has spoken: Paul the octopus says Spain will beat Germany in their World Cup football semifinal.

The floppy soccer fan from Oberhausen's Sea Life Aquarium today chose a mussel from a glass tank marked with a Spanish flag and ignored a tank emblazoned with Germany's colors, spokesman Daniel Fey said.

Paul, a two-year-old British born octopus with a purple-yellowish complexion and hundreds of suckers, wrapped himself around a pole between the two tanks, occasionally extending several of his eight legs toward the German glass before moving his whole body onto the Spanish side.

"Once he sat on top of the Spanish glass, he opened the lid with one tentacle and grabbed the mussel with another one," Fey said.

Paul's record at this World Cup has been flawless so far. In the first round of play, he correctly predicted German victories over Australia and Ghana and the country's loss to Serbia.

England and Argentina then were beaten in the next two rounds to match Paul's predictions that Germany would win.

If Germany win the semifinal despite Paul's prediction, the octopus will be allowed to predict the outcome of Sunday's final as well, Fey said

Best World Cup Semi-final Odds

Here are the best betting lines available from the best bookmakers on the planet :
Germany - 2.90 @ PinnacleSports, 2.88 @ BetFred, 2.80 @ Bet365

Draw - 3.30 @ Ladbrokes, 3.25 @ Centrebet

Spain - 2.70 @ Interwetten, 2.65 @ Betsson, 2.63 @ Bet365

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