Scottish striker celebrates World Cup goal by kissing a picture of herself as a child her father gave to remind her of where she started

  • Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert scored a critical goal for her team on Wednesday at the Women's World Cup and celebrated by kissing a picture of herself.
  • The photo had been given to Cuthbert by her father, who asked her to remember that it was her younger self that she was playing for when she took to the field for her country.
  • Unfortunately, Cuthbert's goal was not enough, as Argentina stormed back to secure a draw and eliminate Scotland from the tournament.
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Scotland striker Erin Cuthbert scored a fantastic goal in the 69th minute on Wednesday to put the Scots up 3-0 on Argentina in their final match of the group stage.

The goal was a critical one for the Scots, who needed a big win to keep their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage of the tournament alive.

Cuthbert celebrated in style, first with her teammates before pulling out a picture from her shin guard, kissing it, and gesturing towards the crowd (if the first video doesn't work in your location, try the second).

While one might have assumed the picture was of a loved one, as it turns out, the picture was of herself as a youth soccer player, which had been gifted to her by her father just before the tournament began.

Cuthbert wrote about the photo in a story for BBC Sport at the start of the Women's World Cup.

"[H]e came out and gave me this wee picture, maybe about the size of a bank card, of me when I was a kid outside Ibrox with a Rangers 'trackie' on," Cuthbert wrote. "He said to me, 'I know how much you say you do it for us, but you have to do it for yourself' and he had written on the back of this picture 'Do it for this wee girl who had a dream and practised and practised until it came true.'"

After the goal, Cuthbert notably kissed the back of the photo, where her father's message had been written.

Unfortunately for Cuthbert and her team, her third goal was not enough. Facing a 3-0 deficit with just 20 minutes to play, Argentina stormed back, capping off their comeback with a controversial VAR-assisted penalty kick that knotted the game at 3-3.

With the draw, Scotland secured just one point from the match, leaving them fourth in Group D and eliminated from World Cup play.

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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Stina Blackstenius of Sweden celebrates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Sweden and Canada at Parc des Princes on June 24, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marianna Massey - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - JUNE 25: Shimeng Peng of China fails to save as Aurora Galli of Italy (not pictured) scores her team's second goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Italy and China at Stade de la Mosson on June 25, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: (L-R) Julie Ertz, Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh of the USA celebrate victory after the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Megan Rapinoe of the USA celebrates scoring a goal from the penalty spot after a VAR during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images)
REIMS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Jennifer Hermoso of Spain battles for possession with Julie Ertz of the USA during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Round Of 16 match between Spain and USA at Stade Auguste Delaune on June 24, 2019 in Reims, France. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)
Italy's Elisa Bartoli, right, jumps over China goalkeeper Peng Shimeng, second right, just before Italy's Valentina Giacinti scored the opening goal during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Italy and China at Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Italy won 2-0. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
United States'Tobin Heath, left, is challenged for the ball by Spain's Maria Leon during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Spain and US at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
France's Griedge Mbock Bathy, left, and Brazil's Cristiane go for a header during the Women's World Cup round of 16 soccer match between France and Brazil at the Oceane stadium in Le Havre, France, Sunday, June 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Scotland's Caroline Weir, right, tussles for the ball with Argentina's Florencia Bonsegundo, left, and Vanesa Santana during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Scotland goalkeeper Lee Alexander fails to block a shoot from Argentina's Florencia Bonsegundo to score Argentina's second goal during the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Scotland's Erin Cuthbert covers her face at the end of the Women's World Cup Group D soccer match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The match ended in a 3-3 draw. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Italy's Sara Gama, top, celebrates with teammates at the end of the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Italy and Brazil at the Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. Italy won Group C on goal difference over Australia and Brazil as all three nations finished with 2-1 records and six points. Le Azzurre will play a third-place team in the round of 16 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)
Jamaica's Cheyna Matthews, foreground, fights for the ball with Australia's Steph Catley during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Jamaica and Australia at Stade des Alpes stadium in Grenoble, France, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Norway's Caroline Graham Hansen, left, reacts as she is fouled in the penalty box by South Korea's Kang Chae-rim during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between Norway and South Korea at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Spain's Irene Paredes, left, goes up against China's Yang Li during the Women's World Cup Group B soccer match between China and Spain at the Stade Oceane in Le Havre, France, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Norway's Isabell Herlovsen, right, kicks the ball clear of South Korea's Moon Mi-ra, and Kang Chae-rim, bottom, during the Women's World Cup Group A soccer match between Norway and South Korea at the Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France, Monday, June 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 19: Erin Cuthbert of Scotland celebrates with teammates after scoring her team's third goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between Scotland and Argentina at Parc des Princes on June 19, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Cathrin Mueller - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring her team's first goal during the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between Canada and Cameroon in Montpellier, France, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Netherlands' Vivianne Miedemam, right, kicks the ball challenged by New Zealand's Rebekah Stott during the Women's World Cup Group E soccer match between New Zealand and the Netherlands in Le Havre, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Jamaica goalkeeper Sydney Schneider, left, and Brazil's Ludmila go for the ball during the Women's World Cup Group C soccer match between Brazil and Jamaica in Grenoble, France, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Chile's Camila Saez, left, and Sweden's Nilla Fischer, right, go for a header during the Women's World Cup Group F soccer match between Chile and Sweden at the Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Vincent)
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Christine Manie of Cameroon is challenged by Deanne Rose of Canada during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group E match between Canada and Cameroon at Stade de la Mosson on June 10, 2019 in Montpellier, France. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Nikita Parris of England celebrates after scoring her team's first goal during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France group D match between England and Scotland at Stade de Nice on June 09, 2019 in Nice, France. (Photo by Hannah Peters - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
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