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Scotland gives up 3-0 lead in controversial draw with Argentina that ends their Women’s World Cup hopes

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June 20, 2019 10:52:34

Scotland’s men’s football team have long been known for heartbreaking exits from big tournaments — now the country’s women’s team have been knocked out of the World Cup in the most dramatic fashion thanks to the latest VAR drama.

Key points:

  • VAR has come under the microscope once again at the Women’s World Cup in France
  • The Scottish keeper saved a penalty before the VAR ruled she had moved too soon — Argentina scored the retake to draw 3-3
  • The referee was criticised for playing less than a minute of four scheduled minutes of added time

The Scots appeared headed for the knockout stages when they led Argentina 3-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining.

But the South Americans came back to snatch a 3-3 draw with a last-gasp retaken penalty following an intervention from the video assistant referee (VAR).

The Scots thought they had survived an almighty scare when keeper Lee Alexander saved Florencia Bonsegundo’s spot kick in stoppage time but the VAR judged the keeper was off her line before the kick was taken.

Bonsegundo made no mistake with her second effort, sealing a remarkable fightback that left Scotland bottom of Group D and out of the tournament while third-placed Argentina kept their slim hopes of making the last 16 alive.

“I’m absolutely gutted for the team,” Scotland’s Erin Cuthbert, player of the match, told reporters.

“I think we should have put the game to bed. We were on top of the game, but these things happen. It’s football.

“It gives you incredible highs but also incredible lows and we saw that again tonight.”

Scotland needed a win to have a chance of getting through and they took a 3-0 lead after 70 minutes with goals from Kim Little, Jennie Beattie and Cuthbert.

Argentina should have taken the lead after suffocating Scotland in the early stages and on 17 minutes Mariana Larroquette smashed a header against the bar.

They paid for that miss when Cuthbert burst into the penalty area two minutes later shooting powerfully at keeper Vanina Correa, who saved, but the Chelsea forward reacted quickest to cut the ball back to Little who slid home.

The goal freed the Scots, who appeared fully in control after the restart with Beattie doubling the lead from a Caroline Weir cross.

Cuthbert then looked to have killed off the match in the 68th minute when she reacted quickest to stroke the ball in after Leanne Crichton headed onto the post.

Yet with little to play for, Argentina brought on Dalila Ippolito and Milagros Menendez midway through the second half, rejuvenating their toothless attack.

Menendez first slipped home from a through ball by Ippolito and then Bonsegundo’s shot on the 74th minute from outside the box crossed the line setting up a grand-stand finish.

A VAR review then confirmed Aldana Cometti was brought down in the 87th minute, but Bonsegundo’s poor penalty was initially saved only for the referee to call for the kick to be retaken after consulting the VAR.

Bonsegundo fired home second time round, as Argentina became the first ever side to come from three goals down to avoid defeat in a women’s World Cup match.

The Scots had been making a double substitution in the leadup to the penalty. They protested the fact that referee Ri Hyang-Ok allowed Argentina to go ahead with a free kick while Fiona Brown was in the process of coming on.

The free kick led to the foul, and then the penalty.

There was still drama to come, however, as the board from officials showed four minutes to be added after all the time taken with reviews and the repeated penalty.

However, the referee allowed less than one of those four minutes before blowing the whistle to end the game.

“It’s unbelievable what can happen in four minutes,” Argentina coach Carlos Borrello told reporters.

“We do have a chance now. Getting fresh players on the pitch and finding the right combinations and positions [was key]. I’m left with a bitter taste because if we’d given a little bit more we could have won.”

Scotland finished bottom of Group D with one point, a point behind Argentina who have a slim chance of qualifying as one of the best third-placed sides.

Reuters/ABC

Topics:

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June 20, 2019 09:58:06





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