Rachel Corsie frustrated by ‘ridiculous’ refereeing decisions as Scotland exit World Cup after late drama

Scotland's Rachel Corsie appears dejected after the final whistle during the FIFA Women's World Cup, Group D match at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Scotland's Rachel Corsie appears dejected after the final whistle during the FIFA Women's World Cup, Group D match at the Parc des Princes, Paris.

Scotland captain Rachel Corsie criticised North Korean referee Hyang-Ok Ri after her side’s heartbreaking World Cup exit last night.

The Scots needed to beat Argentina to stand a chance of progressing to the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed teams.

It was all going to plan when goals from Kim Little, Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert gave Shelley Kerr’s side a three-goal lead.

But Milagros Mendendez and Florencia Bonsegundo replied for Argentina to set up a nervy finale.

Goalkeeper Lee Alexander looked set to be the hero for the Scots after saving a Bonsegundo penalty in the dying embers after Sophie Howard was penalised for a foul on Aldana Cometti.

But the spot-kick had to be retaken after VAR ruled the Scotland goalkeeper had stepped off her line before the penalty was taken and the Argentina player made no mistake second time around as the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

Aberdeen-born Corsie felt aggrieved at the penalty award, saying: “We were making a substitute before we defended a free kick and for some reason she has allowed the play to continue.

“It is just so disappointing as it has ultimately cost us the tournament

“I thought we were outstanding.

“We just weren’t going to get the decisions and that is the bottom line.

“The first goal was a foul.

“The third goal is ridiculous.

“It was clear for everyone to see that we were making a sub.

“I don’t understand how that can be allowed at this level.”

Corsie, however, said she was proud of how the national team had acquitted themselves on their World Cup debut.

She added: “I am proud of everybody.

“We absolutely gave everything.

“You never question that with us.

“We were outstanding and we deserved to be three goals ahead.

“We will be back.

“The girls are upset but we will bounce back – we always do.”

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