Matildas awaits draw against US to likely secure a place in Olympic quarter-finals
The Matildas have kept the US gold medal favorites to a nil draw to secure a likely quarterfinal spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
The United States are automatically through to the next round after finishing second in Group G, ahead of Australia on goal difference.
The Matildas are likely to continue as third in the group but will have to wait until late Tuesday night before their quarter-final berth is confirmed.
“Obviously we came here to win but at the end of the day a point is a point and they are a very good team as we know,” Matildas captain Sam Kerr told Channel Seven.
The Matildas are eagerly awaiting a nil draw against USA on Tuesday evening.
“We’ll take the point and move on.”
USA looked out of place with the Matildas controlling possession for most of the game.
USA thought they fired forward in the 30th minute thanks to a header from Alex Morgan, but it was ruled out for offside.
“I thought we played really well,” Kerr said.
“I thought we dominated most of the game, but in the end you don’t win a medal by tying with the US, so hopefully we can keep going and keep playing like that and maybe we’ll go a long way. ‘
With 12 teams competing in the women’s soccer tournament, the top two players in each of the three groups advance to the knockout stage, along with the top two players in third place.
The only way Australia could miss is if host nation Japan beat Chile and China comfortably beat the Netherlands.