Scotland crashed out of the Women’s World Cup after a dramatic 3-3 draw with Argentina as England finished top of Group D with a 2-0 win over Japan.
Shelley Kerr’s side surrendered a 3-0 lead in the final 20 minutes to draw 3-3 following late VAR drama in stoppage time, which saw Florencia Bonsegundo’s penalty saved by Lee Alexander – only for the referee to demand a retake – which was converted to send Scotland home.
But after Milagros Menendez reduced the arrears with 16 minutes remaining, Bonsegundo’s dipping strike ricocheted in off the back of Alexander to give Argentina hope.
Scotland thought they had earned a reprieve when Bonsegundo’s VAR-awarded penalty was saved by Alexander in stoppage time, but the Glasgow City goalkeeper was deemed to have encroached off her line, allowing Bonsegundo to complete a remarkable comeback.
It is the end of the road for Scotland, who must be wondering how they allowed Argentina to claim an unlikely point.
Little struck the opener from Cuthbert’s cut-back before Beattie was on hand to head home Caroline Weir’s cross to give Kerr’s side a two-goal lead four minutes into the second half.
Cuthbert stretched Scotland’s advantage when she was fastest to react to Vanina Correra’s save from Leanne Crichton’s header, but substitute Menendez immediately reduced the deficit with a composed finish from Dalila Ippolito’s pass.
Bonsegundo was then allowed to shoot from the edge of the box, and despite Alexander getting a hand to it, the ball bounced over the line off the Scotland goalkeeper’s back to set up a nervy final 10 minutes.
Scotland thought they had held on, but after the North Korean referee Ri Hyang-ok consulted VAR, Sophie Howard was penalised for a foul inside the box on Aldana Cometti.
Alexander kept out Bonsegundo’s effort, but the Huelva midfielder was allowed a second chance after Ri ordered a retake, deeming the Scotland goalkeeper had stepped off her line before Bonsegundo had struck the ball.
The Argentina winger made no mistake the second time around as Scotland crashed out