Tuesday, June 30, 1998 Published at 23:01 GMT 00:01 UK
England pay penalty again
David Batty misses the final kick
England are out of the World Cup after yet another penalty shoot-out disappointment in the most dramatic match of the tournament so far.
Paul Ince and David Batty both missed their kicks in the shoot-out after a heroic effort by England who played all but a minute of the second half and the whole of golden goal extra time with 10 men.
He appeared to kick out at Diego Simeone after the Argentine captain fouled him.
Simeone was booked, but Beckham's retaliation resulted in him seeing red.
Early penalty drama
The game started dramatically with the referee a central figure from the start.
Gabriel Batistuta scored, but then so did Alan Shearer when England were given a spot kick just four minutes later.
Teenage sensation Michael Owen ran straight at the Argentine defence and also went down under a challenge in the box.
After 16 minutes the Liverpool striker ran through half the South Americans' defence before coolly finishing to give England a 2-1 lead.
Both penalties looked harsh decisions but there was no question about Owen's superb effort and the 18-year-old's pace continued to trouble the Argentine defence which until tonight had not conceded a goal in the tournament.
But England's best chance towards the end of the half was from a long ball which Shearer headed perfectly into the path of Paul Scholes, only for the Manchester United player to hit the chance a yard wide with only Roa to beat.
Beckham sees red
The players returned after half-time with everyone watching anticipating another 45 minutes of thrilling football.
The midfielder was sent off for violent conduct after clashing with Simeone.
But the England captain was also doing a defensive job, tracking back to cover for Beckham's absence, and on one occasion clearing from virtually off the line.
Glenn Hoddle was forced into replacing the injured Graeme Le Saux with Gareth Southgate, and also brought on Paul Merson for Paul Scholes.
England continued to defend well and Sol Campbell even thought he had won it when he headed a corner into the goal on 81 minutes.
But the Danish referee produced another contraversial decision and disallowed the effort.
However it remained 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and despite further pressure there was no golden goal.
England's chances were restricted to occasional free kicks, but their opponents also carved out few clear cut opportunities despite their one man advantage.
Then came the shootout and Shearer following substitute Sergio Berti in scoring the first kicks.
Argentina's fourth from Gallardo also went in, and Owen again showed no nerves at all in dispatching his.
Then Ayala scored to put all the pressure on the last of England's five takers, David Batty.
But his kick was saved by Roa and Argentina went through.
David Seaman, Gary Neville, Tony Adams, Sol Campbell, Darren Anderton, David Beckham, Paul Ince, Paul Scholes, Graeme Le Saux, Michael Owen, Alan Shearer (captain).
Carlos Roa, Nelson Vivas, Roberto Ayala, Jose Chamot, Javier Zanetti, Matias Almeyda, Juan Veron, Ariel Ortega, Diego Simeone (captain), Gabriel Batistuta, Claudio Lopez.
Referee: Kim Nielsen (Denmark)