Megan Rapinoe scores straight from a CORNER before the American skipper scores a stunning second with a volley after Australian star Sam Kerr’s equalizing goal in a bronze medal match at the Tokyo Olympics
US captain Megan Rapinoe shot straight from a corner to give her side the lead in their Olympic bronze medal match against Australia.
Rapinoe scored her first just eight minutes into the game when she chose to go in front of goal rather than try to pick a teammate from the corner in the penalty area.
The 36-year-old bent a glorious ball into the penalty area and it was all too much for Teagan Micah in the Australian goal, who made a last-ditch effort to claw the ball away.
Megan Rapinoe (left) scored straight from a corner to help USA take the lead against Australia
The pace and whip during her labor were too much for Australian goalkeeper Teagan Micah
But despite getting some of her hand at the ball, Micah couldn’t stop Rapinoe’s hit throw from finding the other side of the net and giving the world champions the lead.
However, the Matildas leveled themselves nine minutes later after an unusual defensive error allowed Arsenal striker Caitlin Foord to sneak in captain Sam Kerr.
And the Chelsea star flattered the house despite the sharp angle, only for Rapinoe to re-establish US lead with a stunning first volley after a mix-up between Clare Polkinghorne and Alanna Kennedy.
Rapinoe’s side then extended their lead before the break in the first minute of extra time at the end of the first half, with Carli Lloyd delivering an emphatic finish on Lindsey Horan’s inch-perfect pass.
Micah made a last-ditch effort to claw the ball away, but couldn’t prevent it from going in
Sam Kerr (left) restored parity for the Matildas after a through ball from Caitlin Foord (right)
The US is entering the bronze medal game in Tokyo 2020 after upset a major semifinal at the hands of Canada on Monday through a penalty shootout.
Following the defeat, 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Rapinoe said she couldn’t determine why her side hadn’t clicked into gear or “had our joy.”
She added: ‘It just hasn’t flowed for us. We just didn’t have the juice we normally have.’
Australia – which beat Team GB 4-3 last week despite Ellen White’s double – meanwhile missed a shot at the gold medal after a narrow 1-0 loss to Sweden.
The two sides have already faced each other at these Games, with Australia holding the US to a goalless draw in their final Group G game on Tuesday last week.
Rapinoe’s first volley saw the US regain the lead after an eventful opening 25 minutes