The US women’s national team defeated Australia 4-3 on Thursday and won the Olympic bronze medal. Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd both scored braces.
It was a record-breaking evening for Lloyd, who became the USWNT’s top scorer in Olympic history with 10 goals and the second most player of all time after Kristine Lilly with 312 appearances.
Sam Kerr also became the Matildas’ all-time top scorer with her first-half goal, while Caitlin Foord added a second for Australia.
Emily Gielnik scored in the final moments of the game and made for a thrilling conclusion.
The seven-goal thriller was a clear difference to the group game of the two, which ended 0-0.
Rapinoe – who said during the week she was “disappointed” not to be fighting for the gold medal – opened the gate with an Olimpico goal after eight minutes.
Kerr pulled one back to bring the game down to 17 minutes. Foord found the Chelsea star in plenty of space, and while USWNT goalkeeper Adrianna Franch touched the ball, it wasn’t enough as it slid into goal under her.
Rapinoe added her second goal in the 21st minute after Australian defender Alanna Kennedy failed to clear the ball in the penalty area and instead passed it straight to Rapinoe, who shot the ball perfectly into Teagan Micah’s net.
Lloyd scored her first goal at the end of the first half with an assist from Lindsey Horan and completed her brace in the 51st minute after another mix-up by Kennedy.
It looked like the USWNT would dominate the rest of the second half, but Foord headed to Australia on a cross from Kyah Simon in the 54th minute to keep Vlatko Andonovski’s side busy.
Lloyd could have scored a hat trick 20 minutes before the end of the game but was called offside, the 10th time the USWNT has been sidelined in the tournament.
Gielnik’s great 89th-minute shot gave the Matildas the last chance to level, but they couldn’t find an equalizer.