The United States Women’s National Team looked more like the squad that won the World Cup in 2019, as it defeated Australia 4-3 to win the bronze medal in the women’s football at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Megan Rapinoe scored a spectacular Olimpico goal -- a goal straight from a corner kick -- in the eighth minute to open the scoring for the US.
Australia’s Sam Kerr leveled the scores minutes later, but Rapinoe scored her second before the halftime break to put the US ahead.
39-year-old Carli Lloyd scored a brace of her own to give the U.S a three-goal lead. With her two goals, Lloyd passed Abby Wambach to become the all-time leading scorer in USWNT Olympic history.
Caitlin Foord and Emily Gielnik scored in the second half to cut the USWNT's lead to one but it would be too little, too late.
The bronze medal is the first in USWNT history. They’ve previously won four gold medals in 1996, 2004, 2008, and 2012.