Argentina through to #RWC2015 semifinal

The score line, at 43-20, doesn’t reflect what a closely contested match it was.

Argentina vs Ireland in the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales, on 18 October 2015. Picture: Rugby World Cup ‏@rugbyworldcup.

CAPE TOWN - Argentina have beaten Ireland 43-20 in the #RWC2015 quarterfinal to book their place in the semifinals.

Two tries by Juan Imhoff, one each from Matias Moroni and Joaquin Tuculet saw them romp home to a massive win over one of the tournament favourites.

Argentina's number 10 Nicholas Sanchez produced an almost flawless kicking display, as he kicked 23 of his sides points on the day, slotting five penalties and four conversions.

The score line doesn't reflect what a closely contested match it was, as Ireland seemed likely to come back after conceding two early tries.

Los Pumas took a 20-10 lead into halftime, in a game that was played at a relentless pace, and both teams taking each other on with some quality work from both backlines.

Argentina thwarted what looked like an Irish comeback in the second half, as they came back within three points early in the second half.

The South Americans found themselves 14-0 up after just 10 minutes, running in two tries in the opening minutes of the game.

Matias Moroni was first to score as he raced down the right wing to dot down within three minutes. The move all started in their own half after Joaquin Tuculet won a high ball, which soon found its way down the line into Moroni's hands.

Seven minutes later, winger Juan Imhoff scored his fourth try of the tournament as he ran on to collect Santiago Cordero chip, before touching down just before dead ball line.

Ireland were nowhere in the game up until the 17th minute, when Argentinean prop Ramiro Herrera was sin binned for a no arm tackle, old fashioned shoulder charge on an Irish player.

Ian Madigan finally got the Irish on the scoreboard with his first of two converted penalties after 20 minutes.

With Argentina down to 14 men for 10 minutes, Ireland made full use of the man advantage, and soon after crossed over for their first try by substitute Luke Fitzgerald.

Ireland had the momentum at that stage and continued to run at the Argentinean defensive line. The South Americans however stood firm to see the half out with a 20-10 lead.

The second half began with the momentum still very much with the Irish, as they raced through to score a second try just four minutes after the restart.

Jordi Murphy surged over after Luke Fitzgerald broke free. His converted try took the game to just 20-17, with Ireland now looking

Madigan then made it a three point game in the 52nd minute, with another quality long range penalty as Argentina now only led 23-20 at that stage.

Nicholas Sanchez continued with his impressive goal kicking as another successful kick took their lead back to six points, 26-20.

The flood gates opened up soon after as the Argentina ran in two second half tries to seal a memorable win over Ireland at the World Cup.

END TO END: 6 points in it, 15 minutes to go. Thriller #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/5Ohb6McGwi

STAT: before today #ARG had never scored more than 40 points before in #RWC knockout match #IREvARG #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/l6DaJ0s6B2

TOP OF THE CHARTS: Nicolas Sanchez is now the leading points scorer in #RWC2015 with 67 #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/zq8gJfSAr1

PEN Ian Madigan delivers a sweet strike off the tee to close the gap to just three points #IRE 20-23 #ARG #IREvARG pic.twitter.com/DAw5E5aETk

We think @Paul_OConnell may have enjoyed that #IRE try a little..... #IREvARG #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/rs7XNXNjte

WATCH @tutemoroni score #ARG's opening try after only three minutes #IREvARG #RWC2015 http://t.co/kZkXR9lfXN pic.twitter.com/FmQZgDQ1Fw

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