Scotland v Argentina | Group Stage 2019
In one of France 2019’s most notable games, Scotland and Argentina performed for a 3-3 game. Thanks to Kim Little, Jen Beattie, and Erin Cuthbert, Scotland took a three-goal lead, but then a team of three went down to save a draw for the first time in the history of the World Cup. Milagros Menéndez and Florencia Bonsegundo, less than 20 minutes away, have reached enormous aims to maintain Argentina’s 16-skater round alive. In order to know the destiny of Groups E and F, you will have to wait until tomorrow’s games end.
“I need to spend a bit of time with the players. We’re all devastated. We put so much into this game. Unfortunately we conceded three goals. It’s very tough right now. It’s still very raw. We need to pick up the players, because we put everything into that game. We knew before the game that we needed to be mindful of transitional moments. We spoke about staying focused at half-time. For 70 minutes we did extremely well, so we need to dissect things. It’s a harsh lesson for us to be better at managing the game.”
Shelley Kerr, Scotland head coach
Although their appearance at the Women’s World Cup has been a shocking end, Scotland can stay strong and move forward to return to the level again.
Argentina is the first squad in the history of the women’s world cup to achieve a gain from three objectives.
“The player of the match is absolutely no consolation for how I’m feeling. I’m absolutely gutted for the team. We’ve put so much into the game and gave our everything. We hold our heads high. I hope everyone back home is feeling inspired by our performance and hopefully we get young girls into football.”
Erin Cuthbert, Player of the Match
A tiny lifeline is in Argentina. The Albiceleste went to the match from three objectives after playing their finest match of the competition and, with two points, they had a little opportunity of advancing to the 16th round. New Zealand-Cameroon and Thailand-Chile will be necessary to attract. What an awesome endeavor, however.
For Scotland it was a totally dismal turn as they went from a three-goal to an all-time draw. After an amazing results in the last France match 2019, the team will be disappointed, however.
“There is some light at the end of the tunnel. We did play a different type of game to the first couple of matches. We have strong players. It’s a shame some of them are very young, so actually we have a fresh team and maybe that’s what we need. It is bittersweet because in the first half there was just that one goal and then it all changed. But that’s football. I’m very happy with what the girls gave and how everything unfolded. We still have work to do, but things seem positive to me. What’s in store for us now? We need to be really patient and see how everything pans out. Am I satisfied with what we’ve done so far? Yes, I am.”
Carlos Borrello, Argentina head coach
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