Scotland drew 3-3 with Argentina and have crashed out of the Womens World Cup despite having a three-goal lead in the second half
Scotland crashed out of the World Cup in dramatic style after throwing away a three-goal lead against Argentina. They looked to be cruising to victory until a five-minute capitulation saw Milagros Menndez score and goalkeeper Lee Alexander deflect the ball into her own net to put Shelley Kerrs side on the brink of disaster.
In added time Florencia Bonsegundo pushed Scotland over the edge from the spot. Alexander thought she had saved Scotland with a fine stop but the penalty was ordered to be retaken after intervention by the VAR. Bonsegundo made sure with her second effort to seal the draw and Scotlands fate.
Since Scotlands men first took part in a World Cup in 1954, their history in the tournament has been filled with hope, followed by heartbreak. Progress for the womens team seemed a very real proposition here, as they led Argentina by two goals with 11 minutes of normal time left, and by one going into added time.
Though the first two matches had not gone Scotlands way against familiar rivals in the worlds top 10, England and Japan they had started slowly and been on the wrong end of two 2-1 scorelines. Neither of these matches had been without controversy. Whether for the use or lack of VAR, or obvious errors by officials, bad luck seemed to stalk the team on their way to Paris.
The Albicelestes were the lowest ranked team in the group, but had impressed in a scoreless draw with Japan and run England close but, having lost to the Lionesses, they had no option but to attack Scotland. And attack they did. The first 20 minutes belonged to Carlos Borrellos side. Like a spring that had been coiled and held tight in their first two matches, Argentina broke free of their constraints.