Kashima, Japan / 05.08.2021 06:25:10
The United States women’s soccer team closed its participation in Tokyo 2020 this friday hanging the bronze medal against Australia (4-3) at Kashima, where veterans Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe were decisive after scoring a double each.
The old guard came to the rescue of the United States in these Games, Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe were in charge of breaking the dream of Australia, who for the first time in their history fought for a bronze medal, a metal that the Americans had never chosen before .
Of the four golds that the North American team has accumulated in its history, Carli Lloyd was present in the conquests in Beijing 2008 and London 2012, being in those last Games where he reached Olympic glory with Megan Rapinoe.
Rapinoe, who was not a starter in the knockout matches against the Netherlands (2-2 and 4-2 win on penalties) and in the semi-finals against Canada (1-0), formed from the start in the attack against Australia and showed its quality with a double
At minute 8, opened the scoring with an Olympic goal to which Samantha Kerr responded (17) to return a draw that Megan Rapinoe herself would break again in the middle of the first half (21), taking advantage of a poor defensive clearance by Australia to connect a great volley that made it 2-1.
Before reaching the break, the leading role in the United States went to Carli Lloyd (45), who took advantage of a pass from Lindsey Horan to cross shoot and score her first goal in these Games, which will be the last I play.
After the restart (51), the ’10’ copied Rapinoe’s doublet, this time taking advantage of another defensive error by Alanna Kennedy, staying in one-on-one with Australian goalkeeper Teagan Micah, whom he beat with a low shot.
Australia reacted to 4-1 with a Caitlin Foord target (54) that allowed him to continue with options in the match until the final stage, where Emily Gielnik (90) would add even more emotion closing the victory by the minimum of the United States, which ends these Games with the bronze prize thanks to two historical ones like Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd.