Argentinian women break Scottish hearts


Argentinian women break Scottish hearts
Argentina's Florencia Bonsegundo celebrates scoring from the penalty spot to earn a crucial point for her team against Scotland. (Reuters)

Paris - To advance, the Argentines need an unlikely pair of draws in Thursday's final set of group games


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Published: Thu 20 Jun 2019, 10:50 PM

Last updated: Fri 21 Jun 2019, 12:54 AM

Florencia Bonsegundo's twice-taken penalty completed Argentina's dramatic fightback against Scotland on Wednesday and also opened the door at the Women's World Cup for four winless teams who play on Thursday.
Also in Group D, England and Japan were already through to the last 16 before meeting in Nice, where two goals by Ellen White secured a 2-0 victory and first place with a maximum nine points.
Argentina fought back from three down to draw 3-3 in Paris to eliminate the Scots as they climbed to third. But they only have two points and are weakly placed in the battle to finish as one of the four best third-place teams.
To advance, the Argentines need an unlikely pair of draws in Thursday's final set of group games.
Scotland looked to be going through as one of the best third-placed sides when Erin Cuthbert's 69th minute goal put them 3-0 up against Argentina at the Parc des Princes in Paris after earlier strikes from Kim Little and Jen Beattie.
However, Milagros Menendez replied with Argentina's first goal of the tournament in the 74th minute, and then Bonsegundo's shot went in off goalkeeper Lee Alexander to set up a grandstand finale.
With two minutes left, after an agonising VAR review, Argentina were awarded a penalty.
Alexander saved Bonsegundo's tame first attempt, but VAR caught the goalkeeper straying off her line and the Argentine converted her second effort in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
The draw left Scotland on one point, bottom of Group D and eliminated.

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