Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd have led the United States to the bronze award at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. With a 4-3 win over Australia at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium.
It was nervy and tense to match for both Australia and the USA as the Matildas tried to find the goal that would take it to extra time. The United States needed to hold onto their bronze medal. With their last-ditch defending to be enough to clinch a spot on the podium.
“Obviously it started truly tough for us,” USA coach Vlatko Andonovski said of their opening misfortune to Sweden. “To finish the competition with the diversion we did, I’m pleased with the team, I’m proud of the players.
“We sat in a room together [prior this week] and we talked about a parcel of things, observed a lot of videos and we all agreed we were attending to get out of this together. All of us together had to drag to come out and win a medal.”
Rapinoe opened the scoring after whipping the ball into the objective from a corner. Australia before long found an answer through the ever-reliable Sam Kerr after a Caitlin Foord pass found the Australian captain to level the scores at 1-1.
The objective from Kerr too saw her gotten to be the Matildas all-time driving goal scorer.
But the Rapinoe appearance wasn’t over fair very however as the winger hooked onto the ball. After a cautious mistake to volley it domestic for the USA to re-take the lead.
If the game started to settle into a rhythm after a surge of objectives. The United States appeared fair to why they’re World Cup champions with a masterclass goal. Through Lloyd to allow her side a comfortable 3-1 lead heading into halftime.
The USA picked up where they cleared out off after the break, with Lloyd taking advantage of another protective slip by from Australia to score her moment of the day and her 10th Olympic objective generally.
Foord was able to bring the scores back to 4-2 with a header sometime recently Kerr nearly leveled with her shot hitting the post.
Australia was throwing everything into both their defensive and assaulting efforts as they hunted down Group USA’s lead. It paid off with a late and stunning consolation objective from Emily Gielnik but it wasn’t sufficient to take the bronze from the United States.