Clues

  1. A bird was hit by the ball. 
  2. John was watching a game. 
  3. John bet some money. 
  4. Because of the bird, there was no goal. 

Solution

John bet a great deal of money on his national football team winning the upcoming match. In the evening of that day, he was watching it on TV with bated breath. In the last minute, when his team was leading 1 to 0, the referee gave a penalty kick to the opponents. A player kicked the ball, but unfortunately, it hit a bird flying right above the football pitch. The football changed its course and the team didn't score. John jumped up, celebrating the winning money.