As women’s football at the 2020 Olympics come to a head, USA will face Australia in a contest for the bronze medal.
The USA no doubt expected to be playing for the top prize, however a defeat to Canada in the semi-final will see the Americans battle it out for the third place spot against Australia instead. The two teams met in the group stage in a clash that ended 0-0 despite plenty of openings for a goal.
Australia had to fight to make the final four, with a last minute Sam Kerr goal sending their semi-final clash with Great Britain to extra time. The tie eventually saw Team GB knocked out of the tournament with the score at 4-2 after extra time.
Kerr has shone for the Matildas throughout the Olympics. She has been Australia’s top scorer so far with five goals in the tournament.
The US have had a mixed bag of scorers. Six players have found the back of the net, with two own goals going their way against New Zealand. Australia on the other hand have scored eight goals from their past five games.
Ones to watch
Kerr could prove crucial for Australia to take the bronze medal. Throughout the tournament, she has provided the focus for almost all of the Matildas’ attacking play.
Her brace against Team GB ensured her country’s progression into the final four and she will no doubt be eager to see the team’s hard work rewarded.
Rose Lavelle has proven to be a real asset for the US. Her goal against New Zealand came in a game amid speculation that the US would not progress from the group stage.
Lavelle’s speed and ability to go past defenders make her a consistent threat. With Australia having conceded the most goals of the final four teams Lavelle will be looking to add pressure to a defence that has at times struggled.
Score prediction and where to watch
2-1 to the USA
The USA’s attack could easily prove too much for Australia to handle. The sheer number of American players who are able to find the back of the net may make it difficult for Teagan Micah and her defence. Kerr’s attacking talent however means that Australia cannot be ruled out.
The game will be shown on Eurosport 5 at 4am ET (9am BST).