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United States edge out Australia for bronze medal in seven-goal thriller

United States edge out Australia for bronze medal in seven-goal thriller
Australië 3-4 Verenigde State: Team USA take the bronze after Carli Lloyd’s brace proves too much for late comeback

United States have taken the bronze medal in the women’s football at the Olimpiese Spele in Tokio after a pulsating game in the third-place match which saw several star names on the scoresheet.

A back-and-forth encounter saw seven goals and a late flurry from the Matildas in search of a stoppage-time equaliser, maar Span VSA emerged victorious with a 4-3 scoreline.

Megan Rapinoe hit two in the first 20 minute, either side of an equaliser from Australia’s Sam Kerr.

Carli Lloyd then struck either side of the break to put USA well in control, before Caitlin Foord put Australia back in the match and Emily Gielnik’s brilliant late strike from range made it a tight finishbut the United States held on for the medal, despite a late injury to Alex Morgan.

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