Kirsty Smith holds her head in her hands as Scotland are eliminated from the 2019 Women's World Cup.

United duo bow out of Women's World Cup

Manchester United Women duo Kirsty Smith and Lizzie Arnot have been eliminated from the Women’s World Cup in France, following Scotland’s 3-3 draw with Argentina on Wednesday night.

United full-back Smith played 86 minutes at the Parc des Princes and therefore featured in all three of Scotland’s games at the tournament, while Arnot was an unused substitute for the Scots in Paris.

The manner of the exit will have been especially disappointing for Shelley Kerr’s side, given they were 3-0 up going into the final 20 minutes, only to surrender three late goals.
Lizzie Arnot during Scotland's 2019 Women's World Cup game against Japan.
Lizzie Arnot in action for Scotland against Japan.
VAR also played a huge part in Scotland’s fate when goalkeeper Lee Alexander saved an injury-time penalty but was adjudged to have stepped off her line before the spot-kick was taken.

A retake was ordered and Argentina’s Florencia Bonsegundo converted at the second time of asking, to level the score and deny the Scots a vital victory

The result means Smith, Arnot and their colleagues finished fourth in Group D, with one point from three matches.
While it was a tough night for Scotland, England ensured they gained top spot in the same group with their third win of the tournament.

Phil Neville’s Lionesses went into the game against Japan knowing they needed just a point to finish in pole position, but they went one better, winning 2-0 at Nice’s Allianz Riviera stadium.

United pair Alex Greenwood and Abbie McManus, who had featured in both of the previous World Cup matches, were rested for the final group fixture.

Manchester City striker Ellen White bagged both goals on Wednesday, taking her tally for the tournament up to three, as the Lionesses maintained their 100 per cent record in France.
The victory means England will meet one of the best third-placed sides in the last 16 - either China (Group B), Cameroon or New Zealand (Group E), or Chile or Thailand (Group F).

The knock-out phase of the competition begins on Saturday, with England in action on Sunday afternoon (16:30 BST kick-off).

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