Scotland knocked out of Women’s World Cup after Argentina VAR penalty drama

 

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Scotland let a three-goal lead slip with 16 minutes left to play in ParisAFP//Getty Images

 

Scotland’s World Cup dreams ended in heartbreaking fashion as they drew 3-3 with Argentina following a dramatic late penalty decision.

Scotland were 3-0 up with 16 minutes left to play, but Argentina scored twice to set up a grandstand finish before yet another extraordinary intervention by the video assistant referee (VAR) during a penalty incident.

Kim Little’s 19th-minute effort put Scotland ahead at half-time in Paris, and goals from Jen Beattie (49′) and Erin Cuthbert (69′) appeared to be sending them through to the last-16.

However, Milagros Menendez gave Argentina hope with 14 minutes left to play, and Florencia Bonsegundo put them within a goal with 12 minutes on the clock.

But the real drama came in the final seconds of the game as Ri Hyang Ok awarded a penalty to Argentina following a VAR review after Sophie Howard had felled Aldana Cometti.

Following a lengthy delay, Lee Alexander made a fine save to her right to deny Bonsegundo, but another VAR review adjudged Alexander to have staryed off her line before the spot-kick was taken.

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