SCOTLAND'S World Cup hopes were ended in the harshest of manners last night. With 74 minutes on the clock, Scotland were three up against Argentina and cruising into the last sixteen for the first time in history when disaster struck.

In the space of about five minutes, Argentina had pulled it back to 3-2 to set up a nervy finale to Scotland's final group stage game. Then, with the game entering stoppage time, the chaos began.

Argentina played a ball into the box, and Sophie Howard lunged at the ball to deny Cometti. Play went on before referee Hyang-ok Ri decided to consult VAR with the Argentine players howling for a penalty. After much deliberation, Ri pointed to the spot and Argentina had the opportunity to level the scores.

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Bonsegundo stepped up and rifled a low shot to Lee Alexander's right, only for the Scotland goalie to deny her with an excellent stop. The ball was spilled to Bonsegundo once again, but Alexander was at hand to deny her and seal a crucial win for Scotland.

Or so we thought. The referee decided to have a look at the penalty again via VAR, and adjudged Alexander to be marginally off of her line. The spot-kick was retaken, Argentina scored, and Scotland were out.

Unsurprisingly, there were more than a few Scots who weren't too pleased with the controversial calls from Hyang-ok Ri. Here's a few of the responses to give you an idea of how well the decision went down.

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