Rugby World Cup 2011 - Argentina 13-12 Scotland
An emotional Ruaridh Jackson says Scotland are distraught after their crushing defeat by Argentina
Scotland coach Andy Robinson bemoans his side's inability to close the game out against Argentina
Scotland's Jim Hamilton blames a lack of concentration for his side's loss to the Pumas
Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson says a lapse in concentration and a moment of brilliance cost them
Chris Paterson says that Scotland will not give up the fight to stay in the World Cup
Amorosino strikes late for Argentina to leave Scotland on the brink
Replacement Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino was the hero for Argentina as they won a tense and bruising pool B encounter against Scotland 13-12 to keep their World Cup dream alive.
The Pumas were trailing 12-6 with less than 10 minutes to go when the lively full-back jinked around three Scottish defenders to score the only try of the match. Veteran Felipe Contepomi sealed Scotland's fate with the conversion.
Replacement fly-half Dan Parks had a chance to snatch victory at the death for Scotland but sprayed his attempted drop-goal wide.
The win though was clouded by injury to two of Argentina's key players before half-time with star No 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and prop Rodrigo Roncero both limping off the pitch at Wellington Regional Stadium.
Fernandez Lobbe hurt his knee in the 20th minute while contesting a kick. Despite appearing to be in real agony in the middle of the pitch, referee Wayne Barnes insisted play continued on around – and at times – over the prone No.8.
Fernandez Lobbe was eventually strapped up and tried to struggle on but he was finally replaced by Genaro Fessia in the 31st minute. Roncero followed him shortly afterwards after appearing to hurt himself in a scrum.
Scotland had said all week they were looking to play with ball in hand and while their enterprise in the rain was commendable – with lock Richie Gray and wingers Sean Lamont and Max Evans prominent in open play - their finishing was not.
Time and again they worked the ball through the phases only to lose it in the tackle once they got close to the Argentine 22.
Contepomi, playing with sore ribs, was into everything and put his body on the line in defence even before landing the match-winning kick.
And until Amorosino's heroics the Pumas predominantly stuck to their usual tactics of keeping it tight.
When they got in to the Scotland 22 in the 13th minute Martin Rodriguez opted for a dropped goal and missed.
Contepomi then saw a penalty come back off the post but finally got points on the board in the 19th minute.
Rodriguez missed another penalty shot in the 23rd minute and for the remainder of the half Scotland were camped in the Argentina half.
Chris Paterson eventually turned that pressure into points in the 35th minute before Ruaridh Jackson kicked a monster three-pointer to edge the Scots ahead 6-3 at the break.
Rodriguez and Paterson missed dropped goals and Contepomi a penalty in the 20 minutes after half-time.
But Contepomi finally levelled the scores with a three-pointer in the 62nd minute only for Jackson to reply immediately with a long-range effort of his own.
Replacement Dan Parks' drop goal in the 69th minute looked like it might have sealed the win for the Scots but they hadn't counted on Amorosino's dancing feet and when Parks missed another drop goal a minute from full-time the Pumas fans went crazy.