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.
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.
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.
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 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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