Scotland 3-3 Argentina

Tanya Simon
June 20, 2019

Kerr's side appeared on course for the win they needed in their final group game as goals from Kim Little, Jennifer Beattie and Erin Cuthbert put them 3-0 up with 21 minutes remaining at the Parc des Princes. We were on top of the game, but these things happen.

'My emotions - I need to spend a bit of time with the players.

With less than seven minutes to play, substitute Sophie Howard, on at right-back to replace Smith, slid in on Cometti in the box and got none of the ball.

"Everyone knows Sir Alex, so I probably won't tell you everything, because he did say he was disappointed with some of the decisions that were made against us!"

The Scots were outclassed in the beginning stages and got themselves two goals down at half-time and regardless of Lana Clelland giving her side a late lifeline, it was insufficient for Scotland to take anything from the game.

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In the England match they had a penalty awarded against them for handball following a VAR check, and in the second game, Erin Cuthbert's appeal that Japan's Risa Shimizu had handled in the box was turned down.

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Milagros Menendez scored on a counterattack in the 74th minute and Bonsegundo's long-range shot five minutes later hit the crossbar, bounced down and had enough backspin to go off the fingertips of goalkeeper Lee Alexander and across the line. "I think eventually it will be good for the game, but sometimes when you are in that moment, you don't quite see it like that".

The game culminated in the dying minutes as the referee awarded Argentina a penalty confirmed by VAR and Florencia Bonsegundo stepped up to convert it. She was booked and the spot kick was retaken. Bonsegundo's initial shot was stopped by Alexander.

Given the second chance, Bonsegundo kicked the ball to the right of the keeper, who dived left.

In 2011, in Germany, England beat Japan in the final match of the group stage, but Japan went on to win the tournament.

The draw left Scotland on one point, bottom of Group D and eliminated.

The Super Falcons will now be hoping to clinch one of the last two spots reserved for third-placed teams, with the three points and -2 goal difference they have accrued. Nigeria finished third with three points.

"We were hopeful we would have taken something from the first two games, but we always knew it would probably come down to this last game against Argentina, and I think it has the makings of a really good game". Ranked 37th in the world, the team didn't even qualify for the tournament in 2011 and 2015 and had lost all six of its previous World Cup matches before arriving in France.

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