While Argentina’s men once more disappoint at a major tournament, the nation’s women should be a source of tremendous pride and while Las Pibas may well exit the World Cup at the group stage, the earlier draw with Japan and Wednesday’s fightback against Scotland showed more spirit, hunger and desire than the men have displayed in a long time.
In the final group game both Argentina and Scotland realistically required victory to progress and for 74 minutes that result looked certain.
Carlos Borrello’s side looked jaded after their efforts against Japan and England so when Kim Little stabbed in a first half opener and Jen Beattie headed a second just after the break, Argentina’s impossible dream looked over.
Erin Cuthbert volleyed a third and Scotland were cruising through to the next round as one of the best third-placed sides.
However, Milagros Menendez slotted one back in the 74th minute and it sparked an unbelievable final 20 minutes.
Florencia Bonsegundo’s long range effort clattered off the underside of the bar and with the help of goalkeeper Lee Alexander found its way over the line and back to within one, Argentina suddenly sensed they could do it.
When Aldana Cometti was fouled making a charge into the penalty area a dramatic VAR review eventually handed Argentina a chance from the spot but the drama was only just beginning.
Already in stoppage time, Bonsegundo saw her effort saved by Alexander only for VAR to adjudge that the Scotland goalkeeper had come slightly off her line before it was taken. Bonsegundo would not make the same mistake and with her second effort blased Argentina level.
A curiously short amount of stoppage time denied either side the chance of a winner and with it a share of the points brought an end to Scotland’s hopes and most likely the same for Argetina, who rely on results elsewhere to sneak through.