Published: Fri, June 21, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

VAR Controversy As Scotland Eliminated After Blowing Three-Goal Lead

VAR Controversy As Scotland Eliminated After Blowing Three-Goal Lead

But the spot-kick had to be retaken after VAR ruled the Scotland goalkeeper had stepped off her line before the penalty was taken and the Argentina player made no mistake second time around.

"We were hopeful that we would have taken something from the first two games, but we always knew that it would probably come down to this last game against Argentina, and I think it has the makings of a really good game".

Argentina has not yet qualified for the round of 16, but with the tie, it keeps them alive.

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

Scotland needed a win to have a chance at staying in the competition and looked comfortable set for a win after leading 3-0 during the first 70 minutes with goals from Kim Little, Jennie Beattie and Erin Cuthbert.

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. This opposition between Scotland and Argentina will be exactly fantastic.

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

"The player of the match is no consolation", she said. This time the scorer was Bonsegundo, with Alexander failing to hold her shot and the ball hitting the inside of the bar before dropping over the line.

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With two minutes left, after an agonising VAR review, Argentina were handed a penalty.

Argentina would advance with a victory at Parc des Princes in Paris, while Scotland could advance with a win and help in goal differential.

Despite the Scotland goalkeeper getting down and making a save, VAR intervened and ordered a retake.

Former Scotland and Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has been supporting the team, although he seems to have been unhappy at penalties awarded against them in the first two games. Scotland were aggrieved that the referee did not wait for sub Fiona Brown to come on.

In last night's games, it was a night to forget for Sion Swifts goalkeeper Nicole McClure as she made a horror mistake in Jamaica's 4-1 loss to Australia. "Four of five minutes were lost".

When asked about the incident, Argentina coach Carlos Borrello was diplomatic in his response.

Four of the six third-placed finishers will join the group winners and runners-up in advancing to the next round.

Looking ahead to today's match in Nice, the 27-year-old said: "I'm going to be fit, so I have a big smile on my face".

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