Rugby World Cup: Argentina book semi-final spot with comeback win over Wales

Rugby World Cup: Argentina book semi-final spot with comeback win over Wales

Argentina produced a stunning comeback to knock Wales out of Rugby World Cup at the quarter-final stage 29-17 at Stade Velodrome on Saturday.

Warren Gatland's team had high hopes of reaching a third World Cup semi-final in the last four tournaments, but Argentina ripped up the form book after struggling to qualify from their pool.

Wales led 10-0 through a Dan Biggar try, conversion and penalty, only for Boffelli to wipe out that deficit with four penalties during a damaging spell either side of half-time.

Scrum-half Tomos Williams' try, again converted by Biggar, put Wales back in front, but Pumas prop Joel Sclavi touched down and replacement fly-half Nicolas Sanchez claimed an interception try during the closing seconds. Boffelli converted both and then Sanchez booted a last-minute penalty.

It all rubbed salt into a gaping Welsh wound, although the Pumas were fortunate to see lock Guido Petti avoid sanction for a shoulder-led hit on Wales centre Nick Tompkins 16 minutes from time.

Referee Karl Dickson, who had taken over from an injured Jaco Peyper early on, awarded no card following television match official consultation, and Wales' players looked perplexed.

Wales' defeat meant the end of Biggar's international career, having announced in August that he would retire from the Test arena post-World Cup.

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