Scotland v Argentina
FIFA Women’s World Cup
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 – 8pm
Parc des Princes, Paris
Scotland face a crucial match on Wednesday, as we take on Argentina in our final Group D fixture. It is a must-win fixture if Shelley Kerr’s side are to have any chance of progression to the last-16 of the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Having suffered narrow defeats to England and Japan, Scotland go into this match targeting a victory that could see us finish the group stages as one of the four best third placed teams in the group stage.
What to expect from Argentina
Argentina have impressed many so far in the competition, through disciplined, organised performances against both Japan and England.
In their opening fixture they put in a huge defensive performance to earn a 0-0 draw with 2011 winners Japan. Goalkeeper Vanina Correa then put in a spectacular performance against England, that could have earned her side a point but for Jodie Taylor’s strike.
The side ranked 37th in the world are led by Carolos Borello, in his second spell in charge of La Albiceleste. The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup represents their third World Cup, as they aim to reach the knock-out stages for the first time.
Argentina qualified through an intercontinental play-off against Panama, having finished third in the 2018 Copa America Femenina.
Ones to watch: forward Sole Jaimes won the 2019 UEFA Women’s Champions League with Lyon this past season, while Vanina Correa has already grabbed headlines at the World Cup after a sensational performance against England.
Defender Sophie Howard is confident that Scotland can win against Argentina:
"We knew the first two games were going to be hard and we were trying to get points and that didn't work out, but now we have to get points - this is not the end for us."
"We've shown we can perform under pressure. Our team fight until the end and I think this journey has not ended for us."
Howard expressed how much she, and the rest of the team want to make Scotland proud and repay fans for their incredible support:
"Even though we get the messages that we've done the nation proud and we've achieved great things just getting here, we know we can do better than this and I can't imagine this journey will end on Wednesday.
"We know this is our last chance, but we are excited for that. That's tournament football.”
ON the pitch
The FIFA Women’s World Cup, France 2019 will apply the new 2019-20 laws of the game in all matches, this includes the introduction of red and yellow cards for team officials, as well as substitutes leaving the field at the nearest point on the boundary line.
A full summary of the new laws, introduced by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) can be found HERE.
Additionally Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used at the tournament, as they were at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
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Off the pitch
The top two teams from each FIFA Women’s World Cup group progress to the last-16, as do the four best third-placed sides.
A victory is a must for Scotland to progress – that would seal third place in the group with three points. It would then be a case of watching the other groups for permutations that could arise.
Follow the match
Scotland supporters will be able to watch the match live on BBC Four and BBC Alba.
You can also keep up to date via @ScotlandNT on Twitter.
Gates will open two hours prior to kick-off; please note that if you leave the stadium at any time, re-entry is not permitted.
During the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, public transport systems will be under increased pressure and only limited parking space will be available close to the stadium. At certain times and locations, high demand will increase the time it takes to make a journey. We recommend that you allow plenty of time to travel to venues.
Banners or flags exceeding 2 (two) metres by 1.5 (one and a half) metres are not permitted. Smaller banners and flags may be allowed if they are made from a material considered to be non-flammable and in accordance with French legislation. These banners and flags must be automatically presented for inspection. Flag poles will not be permitted.