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By Aimee Lewis

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  1. Pumas enjoy biggest win over Ireland

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Argentina have now beaten Ireland in three of the four World Cup meetings between the sides, but this 23-point winning margin was the Pumas' biggest against Ireland in Test rugby.

    The Pumas were impressive, attacking with verve, and clinical when the tryline loomed. They will, you assume, be oozing confidence in the semi-finals, whoever their opponents will be, be it Australia or Scotland. 

    Talking of which. The last semi-final of this tournament will start in under 30 minutes and live coverage of the Twickenham encounter has already started which means it's time to shut down this live commentary. 

    To join my colleague Mike Henson, who will guide you through the match, simply click here. Bye for now. 

    Scotland v Australia live page
  2. 'It's an Australia-New Zealand final'

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think the two form teams are Australia and New Zealand. I think they will contest the final. The winner will be whoever takes their opportunities."

    Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu
  3. 'We tried too hard and got loose'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt: "The result just reflected the tour de force demonstrated by the southern hemisphere teams this weekend. We didn't get the start we wanted, but I'm incredibly proud of how we got back into the contest. When you try a bit too hard, you get loose, and they have tremendous speed merchants to take advantage. It was always going to be disappointing if we lost, but it was exacerbated in those final 15 minutes."

  4. Felicidades Pumas!!!!

    Barcelona and Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano is also enjoying the moment. 

  5. 'This is just the start for Argentina'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Matt Dawson

    2003 World Cup winner on BBC Radio 5 live

    “The consistency of performance is always key to success, and I also believe Argentina have some real game-breakers - players such as Tuculet, Imhoff, Cordero. They have probably learned from playing in Europe and playing in the Rugby Championship. There’s talk of them getting a Super 15 franchise too, so this is just the beginning for Argentina."

    Martin Landajo
  6. The Hand of God calling

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Leicester Tigers forward Jordan Crane tells Argentine football great Diego Maradona to book those flights to London. 

    The World Cup-winning football captain did, after all, say he would come over to support the Pumas again should they reach the semi-finals. Well, Diego, your boys did it. 

  7. Los Pumas!

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta gets all patriotic on us...

  8. 'Defence the difference'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Argentina wing Juan Imhoff, speaking to ITV Sport: “We will enjoy this moment but we know we have a tough game next week. Ireland played with a great intensity. We are a really good team in offence. But today we had a defence to make the difference.”

    Juan Imhoff celebrates
  9. Pumas still celebrating

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Argentina's players are, understandably, still celebrating on the Millennium Stadium turf. Their fans have also stayed behind to soak it all up. 

    Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe is accompanied by his children (I think) and is posing for a picture with his two toddlers with the scoreboard in the background. A never to be forgotten moment.

    Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
  10. Clarke 'gutted'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Former Open golf champion Darren Clarke is magnanimous in defeat. 

  11. Sanchez the leading man

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Argentina outside-half Nicolas Sanchez was named man of the match for brilliantly orchestrating his backline and collecting 23 points. He is also now the leading scorer at this World Cup. 

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  12. 'Argentina took their chances'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip to ITV Sport: "It's very disappointing to lose in such a big game. We didn't help ourselves at the start. We came back into it but we gave ourselves too much to do. This is a special group of players and a special group of fans.

    "Argentina played a very expansive game. They stretched us. They took their chances. We got back to within three points - but then they took their opportunities to kick on."

    Jamie Heaslip
  13. 'Ireland's defence found out'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It'll be a strange type of inquest because those 'What if?' questions will be there. There will be questions about their defence. They hadn't really been asked any questions in the pool stages. The back-line defence was found out. Argentina, a team with an all-round game, asked questions they couldn't answer."

  14. 'Ireland's execution wanting'

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ireland's execution let them down but you could not question their heart. Their execution was found wanting, while Argentina were ruthless. The northern hemisphere teams are competitive, but the southern hemisphere teams have finished when they've had the chance. They've not panicked. They've backed their skill sets. You have to take your chances when they are there."

    Marcos Ayerza celebrates
  15. 'Done your country proud'

    Golfer Rory McIlroy, a four-time major winner, has tweeted his thoughts about the match. 

  16. Argentina through to the semi-finals

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    So, the south gets the better of the north once again. For those wanting to know, the northern hemisphere has always had at least one representative in the semi-finals in each of the previous seven World Cups. 

    It was only France in 1999 - the only time no home nation made the last four -  but every other staging has seen two northern hemisphere sides in the last four.

    The north's hopes now rest with Scotland, who will take on Australia at 16:00 BST. 

  17. Ambitious, joyous, ruthless

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "I wonder how many fans of European teams will still deny that northern hemisphere rugby is out of date? Argentina were playing a different brand of rugby to Ireland - ambitious, joyous, ruthless - and it was great to see it work. 

    "They have learned well from their southern hemisphere rivals after their short stint in the Rugby Championship, proving that you only improve by playing opponents better than you."

  18. Full-time

    Ireland 20 Argentina 43
  19. Argentina show their class

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "That try from Joaquin Tuculet has to go down as one of the finishes of the World Cup and also demonstrates one of the key differences between north and south - the ability to finish clinically, under intense pressure."

    Joaquin Tuculet celebrates
  20. Full time: Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    England's World Cup winning coach Sir Clive Woodward is impressed with the Pumas.

  21. Full-time

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    There'll be no first World Cup semi-final for Ireland. Instead, it's Argentina who will play either Australia or Scotland. Ireland's players on their knees, distraught, but they were well beaten. 

    Ireland players
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  23. Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The better team won. You can't cough up 20 points in the opening 20 minutes of a World Cup quarter-final and expect to win. The fact they got back into contention will only frustrate them more. Ireland weren't precise enough, made some bad decisions and executed moves poorly."

  24. Full-time

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Ireland recycling. Rhys Ruddock gains some metres... Robbie Henshaw tries to sashay through Argentina's defence, but the Pumas are alert to his shuffling hips... Ireland, eventually, lose possession... and that's the end of the match. 

    Argentina fans celebrate
  25. Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Ireland hoping for one last hurrah before they depart this tournament. They earn a penalty 10m from Argentina's line, Jamie Heaslip thunders forward...

  26. Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Argentina have played the last part of the second half so well that Ireland are lost for ideas. Ireland had a good spell of pressure early in the second half, but they haven't really been back into the opposing 22 since then. Argentina have won all of the big moments today."

    Ireland dejected
  27. Penalty - Sanchez

    Ireland 20-43 Argentina

    Keith Earls with a late shoulder-charge on Santiago Cordero, but he escapes with a warning, the centre smiles wryly. The result is a chance for Nicolas Sanchez to practice his kicking, not that he needs it, and he knocks it over with his usual aplomb. 

    Sanchez
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    Jamie Heaslip
  29. Ireland 20-40 Argentina

    Wales centre Jamie Roberts is impressed.

  30. Ireland 20-40 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Absolutely fantastic score. Ireland have looked vulnerable on the short side throughout the second half. Argentina have been probing, and they've found the way through with a superb try. 

    "You have to take your hat off to Argentina. They've taken a lot of punishment, absorbed it and come back. Ireland have made one or two critical errors, Argentina have seen their chance and taken it. And that is it, I'm afraid, for Ireland."

  31. Converted try - Imhoff; Sanchez conv

    Ireland 20-40 Argentina

    Dear Argentina fans, you may celebrate, you are through to the semi-finals. Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe punching holes, offloading to top-poacher Juan Imhoff and the winger has enough time for a  swallow dive as he dives over. 

    Nicolas Sanchez, in front of the posts... two points. 

    Juan Imhoff
  32. Ireland 20-33 Argentina

    Just the 10 minutes remaining and Ireland need to conjure a magic trick of Houdini standards if they are to escape from here. They have a mountain to climb, and it feels as if they have only brought flip-flops with them for the task. 

  33. Ireland 20-33 Argentina

    Ryan Constable

    Former Australia centre on BBC Radio Ulster

    "It was outstanding stuff from Argentina. The finishing was lethal."

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  35. Ireland 20-33 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This all stems from Ireland not being able to clear their lines. They messed around with possession, and they're paying the price. They should have been up the pitch."

    Robbie Henshaw
  36. Converted try - Tuculet; Sanchez conv

    Ireland 20-33 Argentina

    Argentina are celebrating. Joaquin Tuculet thinks he's scored near the touchline. Has he? 

    It was fabulous build-up play from the Pumas, the forwards doing the damage before the backs were let free to dazzle and outwit Ireland by going wide. 

    Joaquin Tuculet steps inside Rob Kearney, and has the strength to touch down in the corner despite Irish bodies on his back. 

    And it's a stunning touchline conversion from Nicolas Sanchez from the touchline, inflicting the mortal blow. 

    Joaquin Tuculet celebrates
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    Iain Henderson
  38. Ireland 20-26 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is just the time when Argentina might think Ireland are trying to play too much rugby now."

  39. Ireland 20-26 Argentina

    Pablo Matera, taking his eye off the ball, loses possession and could this be Ireland's chance? They need to be quick. They need to be clinical. But Robbie Henshaw stutters, going for the razzle-dazzle mis-pass when a simple through-the-hands move would have sufficed. Irish momentum dies a death. 

  40. Wallaby wants to know the score

    Australia are on the way to Twickenham, but back rower David Pocock wants to know the score. Well seeing as you asked David, it's Ireland  20-26 Argentina, but it's close... and tense.

  41. Ireland 20-26 Argentina

    Ireland have just under 15 minutes to save their tournament. But Ian Madigan, feeling the pressure perhaps, kicks straight into touch. Fans groan in unison. The outside-half faltering under the spotlight. 

  42. Turnovers now level-pegging

    Like Argentina in the first half, Ireland are now winning turnover ball with flanker Jordi Murphy leading the defensive effort.

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  43. Ireland 20-26 Argentina

    Ryan Constable

    Former Australia centre on BBC Radio Ulster

    "Another three points for Argentina. These little bits of indiscipline can be crucial."

  44. Ireland 20-26 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Ireland paid for not clearing pressure. Conor Murray should have found touch and given Ireland a chance to restart. All of a sudden, Argentina have kicked another three points."

  45. Penalty - Sanchez

    Ireland 20-26 Argentina

    Daylight now between Ireland and Argentina. Outside-half Nicolas Sanchez shooting as sharply as ever, adding three points to the scoreboard and, in the process, becoming the most ruthless collector of points in this tournament. 

    Nicolas Sanchez kicks
  46. Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Joaquin Tuculet runs back with interest towards Ireland after collecting a high ball. The Pumas camped in enemy territory - and Devin Toner wraps an arm around the neck of the ducking Nicolas Sanchez and the referee has seen that. 

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  48. Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    The penalty count has shot up for Argentina... Ireland certainly on the up whichever way you look at it. 

    They've secured turnover ball, only Conor Murray messes up, sending his pass into touch instead of Keith Earls. 

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    Joaquin Tuculet looks dejected
  50. Missed penalty - Madigan

    Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Ian Madigan trades power for accuracy, and his effort drifts wide. It would have been a mighty effort from near the half-way line had he succeeded. Twenty minutes remaining....

    Ian Madigan prepares
  51. Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Conor Murray sets his backline rolling, but Keith Earls is swallowed up as Matias Moroni smothers him in the tackle. 

    Argentina with put-in at the scrum... Irish fans serenading their team... The Pumas not the dominant force they were in the scrum, but Martin Landajo darts from the base, on to Santiago Cordero but the wing loses the ball in contact.

    Marcos Ayerza, a bull-like charge through the ruck to take out scrum-half Conor Murray and referee Jerome Garces has little option but to give Ian Madigan the chance to level. 

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    Dave Kearney of Ireland
  53. Can Ireland nick it?

    Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

     "Argentina guilty of playing too much now, their half-backs need to take this game by the scruff of the neck or Ireland will nick this.

    "I honestly can't remember the last time I was so nervous at a rugby match. And I'm not Irish, and I'm definitely not Argentine."

  54. Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Both teams have made a raft of changes, too many to mention in one go. One replacement, Facundo Isa thundering down the blindside - but Ireland aren't prepared to fold. 

    Magnificent by Rory Best, the Ireland hooker securing the turnover ball in the next phase. And the crowd are whooping and haw-hawing. 

  55. Penalty - Madigan

    Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Ramiro Herrera is still on the field, but he should be apologising to his team-mates. His folly in this match has proved costly. Ian Madigan drags Ireland to within three points of the Pumas. 

    Ian Madigan of Ireland kicks
  56. Ireland 20-23 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Holy moly! We've seen it for the first time in the World Cup. Common sense has prevailed. There was no way that was a red card for Herrera."

  57. Ireland 17-23 Argentina

    Ramiro Herrera could be in trouble. The tight-head needs to smile sweetly here. He came charging in late into the ruck. Jerome Garces chats to his fellow officials, and he's let off with a penalty. "I give a penalty because you used your arm," says the referee. He could have seen red.   

  58. How's the heart, Brian?

    Ireland 17-23 Argentina

    Are you OK, BOD? The former Ireland centre appears to be struggling with the drama...

  59. Ireland 17-23 Argentina

    What an impact Luke Fitzgerald has made since coming on for Tommy Bowe.

    He has run 57m, had two clean breaks, scored a try and set up Jordi Murphy's try with a wonderful run.

    Argentina are missing tackles as a tidal wave of green comes at them, breaking the gain line.

    Wingers Santiago Cordero and  Juan Imhoff are the worst offenders having missed two tackles apiece.

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  60. Ireland 17-23 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "That was a big swing there. Ireland had a fantastic attacking platform and took a couple of wrong decisions. They have to convert those chances. It was great defensive work by Argentina, though, and they've got down the pitch to get the three points and just calm things down."

  61. Penalty - Sanchez

    Ireland 17-23 Argentina

    Argentina, though, in the line of fire turnover ball in the shadow of their posts... Juan Imhoff comes roaming from wide, the winger caught just before he could do some serious damage, but Ireland are penalised at the breakdown and Nicolas Sanchez stops the rot. 

    Nicolas Sanchez
  62. Ireland 17-20 Argentina

    It's all Ireland in these last few minutes. Ireland's fans are roaring. Rory Best finds his man in the line-out... the men in green roaming around Argentina's 22m... the centres punching holes in midfield... wave after wave of green crushing towards Argentina's defensive line.

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  64. Ireland 17-20 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "What I liked about Ireland's last try was that they just gave the ball to Luke Fitzgerald a little earlier. Sometimes, they've tried to give the ball right on the advantage line, and they've found an opponent coming in at the same time. Instead, let them use their footwork to get over the advantage line. Fitzgerald got the ball early and bust the tackle to set up Murphy."

    Luke Fitzgerald
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  66. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "It is absolute bedlam in the Millennium Stadium, difficult to remember a noise like it. This could well carry Ireland to victory. 

    "Every Ireland charge, every Argentina mistake, every little thing that goes Ireland's way is greeted with ear-splitting roars. We have a grandstand finish on our hands..."

  67. Ireland 17-20 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Luke Fitzgerald has brought Ireland back into this game with two fantastic breaks. Working that line-out, he stepped the defender and Jordi Murphy took it on for the try. What a game we have now."

  68. Converted try - Murphy; Madigan conv

    Ireland 17-20 Argentina

    A honeyed platform for Ireland's backs from the line-out... Replacement Luke Fitzgerald the architect of the try, breaking loose from one tackle, evading the attention of Santiago Cordero and slipping the ball to the onrushing Jordi Murphy, who barges over the line. 

    Paul O'Connell, eyes like saucers, punches the air from the sidelines. 

    Ian Madigan adds the extras. Ireland have come out firing. 

    Jordi Murphy scores
  69. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Dan Tuohy

    Ireland second row on BBC Radio Ulster

    "Ireland have got to get the first score after half-time - even if it's only a penalty to make it a one-score game. Ireland must up the intensity now."

    fly half Ian Madigan
  70. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Argentina start this half as they did the first, on the front foot, on Ireland's 22m. But Ireland are savvy at the breakdown. Flanker Chris Henry scavenging, stealing the ball with success and allowing Ian Madigan to ease the pressure with a touchfinder.  

    Matias Moroni
  71. Kick-off

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Thirty players are on the pitch. There's one referee, too. They're battered and bruised, shirts muddy, but they're ready for another 40 minutes. 

    We're off. By the way, no team has fought back from a 10-point deficit to win a knockout game. 

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  73. Keep the faith!

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ireland maybe 10 points behind at half-time but Irish fans must stay calm and, like comedian Johnny Vegas, keep the faith. 

    Jonny Vegas with his family and a pint of Guinness
  74. 'Pumas performance not a surprise'

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

  75. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ryan Constable

    Former Australia centre on BBC Radio Ulster

    "Ireland have found a way to get back into the game and are now competing at the breakdown. After their dreadful start, they will feel 10 points down is not an insurmountable deficit at half-time."

    Jamie Heaslip of Ireland
  76. Half-time

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    In terms of territory and possession it was even in the first half. Ireland enjoying 53% of possession and 56% of territory as they fought their way back from a 20-3 deficit. 

    Tackles? Ireland have made 64, while Argentina have made 56. 

    But it's in the metres made that we find a gaping difference between the sides (Ireland 185m, Argentina 308m). 

  77. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Let's break this down: Who's the most disappointed changing room right now? Absolutely Argentina - despite their lead. Ireland weren't in the game for 20 minutes, but now they are. Argentina will be disappointed they haven't capitalised on being 20-3 up in a World Cup quarter-final. They threw the kitchen sink at Ireland, and could have had this game almost in the bag by half-time."

  78. Ireland's fan power

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "The Irish not out of this yet, this crowd could yet be a factor, it's ferocious when Ireland are attacking."

  79. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I get the sense that Ireland are coming back into it. But some of their decision making is a little bit off. They're taking complicated options when the simpler choice is better."

  80. Half-time

    Ireland fight back after Argentina's blistering start

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  81. Half-time

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Juan Imhoff, Argentina's prime poacher, with ball in hand on the left wing, but Ireland's defence are alert and the winger is ejected into touch. 

    Ireland secure on their own line-out ball and Conor Murray concludes a glorious half. Boot to ball, into touch. 

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    Leonardo Senatore of Argentina
  83. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ireland upping the ante at the breakdown as Argentina rumble around their 22m line. Cian Healy makes amends for his transgression at the scrum, slowing down play, and the Pumas are penalised for failing to stay on their feet. The pressure valve loosens a tad. 

  84. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Super stuff from Matias Moroni, holding up a man in green in the tackle, gaining his team a scrum on the halfway line. Silly from Ireland, letting momentum slip. 

    From bad to worse. Ireland loose-head prop Cian Healy nose to the ground, and Jerome Garces has little option but to present Nicolas Sanchez with a chance to boot Argentina into Irish territory. 

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    Leonardo Senatore
  86. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Five minutes until the break and Ireland's forwards are rumbling, pushing Argentina's defence back inch by inch. But Argentina turnover ball this time just when the backs are set in motion. Winger Dave Kearney the man caught isolated on the floor. 

  87. Missed penalty - Madigan

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ireland's scrum is tree trunk still after wobbling in the opening minutes. Keith Earls running straight in midfield, but men in green get no joy so the referee halts play and penalises the Pumas for collapsing at the scrum. 

    Ian Madigan steps up, but his effort hits the uprights! 

    Ian Madigan kicks
  88. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ireland have stemmed the blue tide and have pulled themselves back into the game.

    Argentina are seeing less of the ball and their frustration is leading to penalties.

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  90. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The main difference over the last 12 minutes or so is that Argentina haven't been able to get their hands on the ball and get some rhythm. They were using it well, so at least Ireland have stopped that."

    Luke Fitzgerald
  91. Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Ireland, pride pricked, are fighting their way back into the light, but they're now facing 15 men as Ramiro Herrera's sin bin is over. 

    Ian Madigan needs the attention of the medical staff. The Millennium Stadium turf turning into a scene of a Hollywood war epic. 

    But the outside-half is not going to leave this field because of a bone-crunching collision with Nicolas Sanchez. He's craving a leading role. 

  92. Converted try - Fitzgerald; Madigan con

    Ireland 10-20 Argentina

    Conor Murray collects Santiago Cordero's kick ahead, and Ireland punish the winger's loose kick. Robbie Henshaw finds replacement Luke Fitzgerald and the winger steps in from the touchline and, with an enchanting change of pace, touches down, presenting Ian Madigan with an easy conversion. 

    Luke Fitzgerald
  93. Missed penalty - Sanchez

    Ireland 3-20 Argentina

    Argentina bossing the breakdown, and nearly every call is going their way. Nicolas Sanchez falters this time, though, but hang on... what's happening here... 

    Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina
  94. Ireland 3-20 Argentina

    A rare mistake from a man in blue and white. Juan Martin Hernandez, the centre with usually regal hands, knocks on to gift Ireland a put-in at the scrum on the halfway line. 

    How will Ireland's forwards fare? Argentina are down to 14 men so the Irish scrum is firm but Robbie Henshaw loses possession just as the men in green prepare to spin it wide.   

  95. Ireland 3-20 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm worried about the options Ireland are taking. They're making too many wrong decisions. Sometimes, for instance, Conor Murray has gone right when the options are left. When you're making wrong decisions, it's usually a sign that your head's not right, and Ireland just aren't there."

    Devin Toner
  96. Pumas impressing

    Current players loving Argentina

  97. Ruthless!

  98. Penalty - Sanchez

    Ireland 3-20 Argentina

    Ireland need to make the most of their man advantage, but they can't do anything without the ball. Argentina resolute in defence, dashing in attack. 

    Flanker Chris Henry is caught coming in at the side of the ruck and Nicolas Sanchez inflicts further damage in a dreamy start for the Pumas. 

    Nicolas Sanchez kicks
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  100. Ireland 3-17 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "This is a chance Ireland have to take. They have to capitalise on the fact that Argentina are a man down. If they can't capitalise, it will be such a boost for Argentina.

    "Argentina want to run the clock down. That's what you do when you're a man down." 

  101. Penalty - Madigan

    Ireland 3-17 Argentina

    Ireland make the most of their opportunity. A neat touchfinder takes them to within 10m of Argentina's line and the Pumas crumble under the pressure, giving Ian Madigan a shot at goal in front of the posts. It's the sort of kick he could rattle off in his sleep. 

  102. Sin-bin - Herrera

    Ireland 0-17 Argentina

    Could that be the moment which swings the pendulum in Ireland's way. Ramiro Herrera with a late tackle on Keith Earls. The Irish fans in the crowd hiss when they see the replay. The prop is off. He can rest for 10 minutes

    Ramiro Herrera is shown the yellow card
  103. Ireland 0-17 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm very worried. Ireland are really struggling at the breakdown. They're not making an impact in the rucks. Argentina are able to recycle the ball quickly, and Ireland can't get on the front foot."

    Pablo Matera
  104. Ireland 0-17 Argentina

    Argentina threatening whenever they have the ball. Number eight Leonardo Senatore thunders down the left wing, then Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe makes hard yards in the middle of the field. 

    The Pumas in opposition territory at lighting speed. Nicolas Sanchez eyes up the drop-goal, but, oof, it's an ugly one. It hasn't the height nor the distance and it wobbles limply wide. 

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  106. 'Worrying times for Ireland'

    John Haughey

    BBC Sport NI at the Millennium Stadium

    "Stephen Ferris said during the week that he would be a bit worried if Argentina went six or 10 points ahead early on. Make that 17 Stevie, ouch."

  107. Penalty - Sanchez

    Ireland 0-17 Argentina

    As Tommy Bowe was stretchered off, Ireland fans may have forgotten that their team was penalised leading up to that injury. Unfortunately for the Irish, Nicolas Sanchez is in ruthless mood, knocking a penalty over from 43m with aplomb. 

    Nicolas Sanchez kicks
  108. Ireland 0-17 Argentina

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "The big difference between the two forward lines is Argentina are playing on the gain line and Ireland are playing in the transition zone. Ireland need to galvanise. They need to reassess their game plan and find a way to make sure they don't lose this game in the first half.

    "Ireland have to retain the ball, get patient and get physical."

  109. Ireland 0-14 Argentina

    Tommy Bowe runs into Tomas Lavanini and the winger falls to the floor, face contorted in pain, as if he's run into the path of a tank at full speed, which I suppose he has. 

    The mobile stretcher comes on. It could be the end of the former Ospreys man's afternoon. Applause for Bowe as he leaves the pitch. 

    Tommy Bowe of Ireland
  110. Ireland 0-14 Argentina

    It has been ALL Argentina so far.

    The Pumas have run 145m with the ball, 123m more than Ireland.

    Argentina have been trying to get the ball out wide and are playing an expansive game with right winger Santiago Cordero seeing plenty of action.

    possession stats
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    Juan Imhoff
  112. Ireland 0-14 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Argentina are playing all the rugby. They're moving the ball around and Ireland are on the rack here."

  113. Converted try - Imhoff; Sanchez conv

    Ireland 0-14 Argentina

    Argentina punching holes in midfield... Ireland's defence in disarray.   

    Santiago Cordero with a well-weighted crossfield kick from the wing and his fellow flyer Juan Imhoff reads the play beautifully, sprinting towards the posts and grabbing the ball and touching it down before it goes dead. 

    Fortune favours Nicolas Sanchez, the outside-half's conversion rattles the posts before falling the right side. 

    Juan Imhoff scores
  114. Ireland 0-7 Argentina

    An intense opening to this match. Argentina fired up and their forwards breathing fire, pushing Ireland back in the scrum. Ireland's set-piece crushed on their own put-in. Only the second time they've lost their own scrum in this tournament. 

  115. Ireland 0-7 Argentina

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Great score from Argentina. They took Ireland through a couple of phases and found space on the outside. I was worried that Ireland's defence hadn't been tested so far in this tournament - and now we have the answer there. Ireland need to get on the scoreboard now, with a penalty, a drop-goal, anything. They look off the pace."

    Matias Moroni
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  117. Converted try - Moroni; Sanchez con

    Ireland 0-7 Argentina

    What a score! Joaquin Tuculet gathers the high ball, getting his men rolling forward. Brilliant from Santiago Cordero, who sucks in Rob Kearney and sets Matias Moroni free to gallop down the right wing. 

    Nicholas Sanchez as reliable as ever, adding two points from near the touchline. 

    Matias Moroni
  118. Ireland 0-0 Argentina

    The Pumas keeping ball in hand before Nicolas Sanchez changes ploy, boot to ball, but Rob Kearney passes his first test. Ireland on the front foot, but Agustin Creevy brilliantly steals possession. Although, the Pumas fail to find touch from the resultant penalty. 

    Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina
  119. This could be close!

    but not as close as Ian Madigan's new haircut

    The Ireland fly-half, in for the injured Johnny Sexton, has marked the occasion with the shortest of short back and sides.

    Ian Madigan
  120. Kick-off

    Ireland 0-0 Argentina

    Jerome Garces is the man in charge of keeping order for the next 80 minutes. He blows his whistle. Ian Madigan kicks it to Tomas Lavanini and it's safe to say this cracker has started. 

  121. Post update

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "The Irish have found full voice now, 'The Fields of Athenry' ringing out around the Millennium Stadium. But what's this? The Argentines quickly drown them out with some songs of their own. It's already epic in Cardiff, and we haven't even kicked off yet. Stand by for a classic." 

    Ireland fans
  122. National anthems

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Oh my, the salty tears are flowing from Argentina's players even before their national anthem kicks into full swing. It's as if someone's put a picture of their deceased childhood pets up on the big screen. 

    Next it's Ireland's turn to add their voice to proceedings and the men in green win the singing contest. Paul O'Connell singing along from the stands, standing with the aid of crutches. 

    Stirring stuff. 

    Argentina players
    Ireland team
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  125. Five minutes until kick-off

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Cries of "ole!" rings around the Millennium Stadium, both sets of fans creating a crackling atmosphere. 

    The two teams in the bowels of the stadium, awaiting their call to march out from under the tunnel and into a wall of noise.

  126. 'Ireland win would be good for the game'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "It would be good for the tournament if Ireland made the semi-finals. If the last four are all southern hemisphere teams, that makes it more difficult. 

    "But it's not the end of the world for rugby union of there are no northern hemisphere teams in the semi-finals, though, because the best teams need to win. I think this has been the most competitive Rugby World Cup I've seen, and that's great for the game."

    Ireland captain Jamie Heaslip
  127. 'Think France 20 years ago'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Denis Hickie

    Former Ireland winger on BBC Radio 5 live

    "One of my best rugby memories is in 2003, at the Adelaide Oval, when we beat Argentina to make it through the pool stages at their expense. One of my worst memories is 2007, when Argentina knocked us out. 

    "Argentina were just better than us that day. This team are slightly different. There's more to Argentina's game now. People ask: How do Argentina play? Think France 20 years ago. They've a big strong pack and a huge willingness to move the ball. They're a very well balanced side."

  128. The king's speech

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    John Haughey

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "Paul O’Connell is not going to be on the pitch for Ireland but his former team-mate and BBC Sport NI columnist Stephen Ferris is expecting the big man to play a role in rallying the troops before today’s game.

    "The Munster legend's speeches regularly bring tears to the eyes of team-mates so goodness knows what Paulie has planned for today’s occasion as Ireland aim to qualify for a first ever World Cup semi-final."

  129. 'Ireland should be massively confident'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Ireland lock Dan Tuohy on BBC Radio Ulster: “As was the case in the first two quarter-finals, physicality around the breakdown is probably going to decide the outcome today but I think Ireland should still be massively confident despite all their injuries and Sean O’Brien’s ban.”

  130. Ireland looking for six in a row

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Argentina's last win against Ireland was in the 2007 World Cup when they won 30-15 in the group stages.

    But since then the Pumas' record against the Irish reads played five, lost five. Should the Irish take heart from that? 

    head to head record
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    SMS Message: Heart says an Ireland v Scotland semi, head says Ireland v Australia with an Oceanic final! Tom (suddenly in touch with his celtic heritage) in Kent
  132. 'Argentina are dangerous'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Argentina are dangerous across the park. They gave New Zealand problems with their brutality in the first game. They've got some subtleties in the back line, too. They'll miss Marcelo Bosch, though."

  133. Good luck boys

    15 minutes till kick-off

    Former Scotland international Rory Lawson wishes Ireland well and shares his predictions for the tournament.

  134. 'O'Connell's presence still counts'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Justin Marshall

    Former New Zealand scrum-half on BBC Radio 5 live

    "Having Paul O'Connell around today does a lot for Ireland, even though he can't play. He's an icon of Irish rugby. The All Blacks did that with Tony Woodcock - he hasn't gone home either. Having players around like that is an inspiration. Just having him there, knowing he's watching, knowing how high his standards are, can make a difference."

    Paul O'Connell
  135. O'Connell forced to watch on

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    The Millennium Stadium is gradually filling up, fans leaving the bars, sipping the remaining dregs from their pints, to find their precious seats. 

    Paul O'Connell, hobbling on crutches, is on the sidelines, chatting and watching his team-mates warm up. He's been there for quite a while. They might have to drag him from the pitch. 

    Oh what would he give to be going into battle with his band of brothers today. 

  136. Ireland gigantic task

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

  137. Argentina team news

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Suspended centre Marcelo Bosch is the only regular name missing from the Argentina line-up, having been banned for a week for committing a dangerous tackle against Namibia in Argentina's final pool game.

    He is replaced by Matias Moroni, one of 10 changes made by Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade for the Ireland game.

    Many of the leading players rested for the Pool C game against Namibia return, with scrum-half Martin Landajo starting ahead of Tomas Cubelli to win his 50th cap.

    Argentina team
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    Wales' capital has turned green for the afternoon. But that isn't to say there are a number of Pumas lurking around the streets and, as we know from previous games in this tournament, Argentina fans know how to turn up the volume. They have plenty of bite those Puma fans. 

  139. Ireland team news

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    John Haughey

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "Where to start with Ireland? Johnny Sexton was ruled out on Saturday morning because of what was described as an abductor muscle injury. More commonly known as a groin strain, I think.

    "Ian Madigan, who came on for the injured fly-half after 26 minutes last weekend, replaces Sexton.

    "Iain Henderson replaces hamstrung Paul O’Connell at lock, with Chris Henry and Jordi Murphy taking over from injured Peter O’Mahony and banned Sean O’Brien in the back row."

    Ireland team
  140. Is it grim up north?

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    It's a battle between north and south, one hemisphere against the other, and if Ireland lose this one it could be very grim up north indeed. 

    Two southern hemisphere sides have already made sure of their semi-final places. Victory for Argentina today would be another one up for the Rugby Championship on the Six Nations. 

    For those of you who enjoy looking at the history books to predict the future. These sides have met three times at the World Cup, with Argentina winning on two occasions and Ireland one. It's close. 

  141. Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    Stirring scenes in Cardiff as jubilant Pumas fans greeted the Argentina coach outside the Millennium Stadium. They are hugely outnumbered by the Irish, but what they lack in numbers they make up for in noise. At least for now...

  142. Just over 30 minutes to kick-off

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

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  144. #Shouldertoshoulder

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  145. Looking out for Diego

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    John Haughey

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "We’re on Maradona watch in case the football genius shows up to watch the Pumas after his appearance at the win over Tonga at Leicester City stadium during the pool stages.

    "The little burly one said he would return to cheer on his country’s rugby team if they reached the semi-finals but Argentine journalists are telling us that they won’t be surprised to see his face on the big screen here in the Millennium Stadium today.

    "We’ll keep our eyes peeled."

    Diego Maradona
  146. Get involved #bbcrugby

    There's a river of humanity weaving its way through the streets of Cardiff. The Welsh capital has turned Irish for the day, so it seems. 

    There's ale being supped, songs being sung. But who will win? And which is the biggest loss for the men in green? Paul O'Connell? Sean O'Brien? Johnny Sexton? Will they cope without their talismen? 

    Tweet us your rugby chit-chat using the hashtag #bbcrugby - or text 81111 - or visit BBC Sport's Facebook page. 

  147. 'No let-up for Ireland'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    John Haughey

    BBC Sport at the Millennium Stadium

    "After last week’s epic win over France, there is no let-up for injury and suspension-ravaged Ireland as they face an emerging and close-to-full strength Argentina side in Cardiff.

    "The mood in Ireland was still one of confidence during the week as Joe Schmidt’s side prepared to go into battle without talisman Paul O’Connell, Peter O’Mahony, Sean O’Brien and Jared Payne.

    "But then came Saturday’s news that playmaking fly-half Johnny Sexton (below) had been ruled out. Was that the tipping point? We’ll soon find out as Ireland aim to qualify for a World Cup semi-final for the first time."

    Jonathan Sexton watches on during the captain's run in Cardiff
  148. 'Do it for O'Connell'

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

  149. Ireland ready to make history?

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Anyway, on to other matters. Ireland and Argentina will, in under an hour, bludgeon each other for 80 minutes for a place in the semi-finals. 

    Argentina have done it all before, reaching the last four in 2007, but Ireland are chasing history, hoping to become the first Irish side to reach the World Cup semi-finals. 

    Can they do it? If they do, they will have done it without their inspirational leader Paul O'Connell, whose international career was prematurely ended by injury last weekend in that glorious victory over France. 

  150. All Blacks power through

    Over in Cardiff, as Wales fans were getting to grips with the realisation that their men would not become world champions, New Zealand were running riot against France. 

    The All Blacks had been unconvincing in the Pool stages but the defending champs fired on all cylinders at the Millennium Stadium, and fired a warning to their rivals. 

    "New Zealand never looked like losing against a Philippe Saint-Andre side forced to deny they are in outright rebellion," write Ben Dirs in his report of that scintillating 62-13 victory. 

    Richie McCaw
  151. 'Wales blew it'

    The Sunday Telegraph leads with a picture of match-winning try scorer Fourie du Preez diving over the tryline. "Dragons slayed," says the paper. 

    Sir Ian McGeechan says it as it is. "Wales were heroic in defeat, yes, but Warren Gatland’s men had a real chance of glory and did not take it," says the former Lions coach in the paper. 

    "Baffling indiscipline at the breakdown and the failure to score a try in their flying opening cost Wales dearly."

    Oh if only Gethin Jenkins had  found Tyler Morgan instead of touch with that loopy high pass... 

    Sunday Telegraph
  152. 'We live on the fringes of greatness'

  153. 'Wales loss painful but fair'

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer at Twickenham

    BBC Sport chief sports writer Tom Fordyce was at Twickenham on Saturday. What was his verdict on Wales' defeat? 

    "You can tell it as a magnificent rearguard action against the odds. You can remember it as collective red-shirted heroism, as another heart-breaker of a near-miss, as a litany of what-ifs and agonising what-might-have-beens," writes Tom. 

    "After Wales' 23-19 defeat by South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals all those would be true. But they are trumped by a greater truth: who wants to be the ill-fated losers once again?"

    Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate
  154. 'Roller coaster journey'

    Wales' players have been tweeting their thanks to supporters this morning. "Roller coaster" has been mentioned a few times. 

  155. 'Ref lucky Mourinho wasn't Wales coach'

    Barry John, the great Wales and Lions fly-half, says Wales deserved more for their bravery against the Springboks. 

    In his Wales Online column, John says: "In the cold light of day, and with a harsh professional hat on, South Africa were perhaps just about the better side.

    "But they were helped early on by some key decisions from referee Wayne Barnes. Put it this way, Barnes is very fortunate Jose Mourinho wasn’t sitting in the Twickenham stands as coach of Wales. He’d have been flying out of the blocks to voice his complaints!"

    Jose Mourinho
  156. 'You gave it everything'

    There's a pick me up for Wales' defeated players in Welsh Sunday paper the Wales on Sunday. "Thank you... You gave it everything," the paper tells the country's players. 

    Wales on Sunday
  157. 'No excuses' for Wales

    But before we look into the future, let's review the past. Wales, having courageously fought against the odds to reach the quarter-finals, bowed out of the competition on Saturday after another narrow defeat to a southern hemisphere big cheese. 

    They led 13-12 at the break but Fourie du Preez's try with five minutes remaining edged a 23-19 win for the Springboks. Oh, it was close.  

    Head coach Warren Gatland, though, refuses to blame his team's staggeringly long injury list for the defeat. "We don't want to make any excuses. South Africa won... and we weren't good enough to win," said the straight-talking Kiwi. 

    Dan Biggar and Luke Charteris
  158. Sunday's quarter-finals

    To paraphrase a line from a popular '80s Saturday night entertainment show, here's a quick reminder of today's quarter-finals: 

    Ireland v Argentina (13:00 BST)

    Australia v Scotland (16:00 BST)

    It's pretty simple stuff, the winner of both ties will face each other in next week's semi-finals. 

    Ireland fans
  159. Welcome

    Hello! Sorry Wales, sorry France, but this wonderful World Cup must continue without you. 

    There are more quarter-finals today, two in fact, and hopefully they'll be as fierce as Wales' encounter with South Africa and as pleasing on the eye as New Zealand's humbling of France. 

    Ireland, Argentina, Australia and Scotland remain, but four into two just won't go.

    All Blacks fan
  160. We go again

    Two have been beaten. Down and out. Over and out. Dreams dashed. Belief smashed. But two can still strive for greatness. They live on. For seven more days at least. 

    Prepare yourselves. There will be more grief and misery today. More joy, too. But who will be on their hands and knees come the end of the matches and who will be jubilantly living it up at the full time whistle? Let's find out. 

    Wales beaten by South Africa