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FT BRONZE FOR USA! USA 4-3 Australia

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USA come out on top here in Japan. An incredible game to watch, full of some sublime finishing on both sides. Australia notably devastated, and an obvious relief on the faces of USA players that initially arrived in hopes of a gold medal.

96' CLOSE! USA 4-3 Australia

That's a close as they'll get. A scramble in the USA box sees Davidson punt the ball out.

94' - USA 4-3 Australia

Free kick has gone against Catley, this could be the final kick of the game..

90+2' MORGAN INJURED.. USA 4-3 Australia

Morgan is limping off the pitch alongside the assistance of the physios, doesn't look particularly good.

89' GOAL! USA 4-3 Australia

What did I say about Gielnik! The forward drives into a pocket of space in front of the USA box and produces a sublime strike that curls left and past Micah. Do not rule this Australian side out just yet..

87' - USA 4-2 Australia

Morgan is gifted a decent chance in front of the goal, but the forward scrambles and can't get her shot away. A hefty challenge from Kennedy sees the ball cleared away.

84' PRESS OFF - USA 4-2 Australia

Sonnett replaces Press.

80' MORGAN ON - USA 4-2 Australia

Lloyd is replaced by Alex Morgan. An incredible performance from the 39-year-old.

76' GIELNIK LOOKING HUNGRY - USA 4-2 Australia

A long range effort from Gielnik raises the eyebrows of the USA defence. Her shot flies just wide of goal, but the forward has looked dangerous since coming on.

75' - USA 4-2 Australia

Good keeping from Franch. Kerr connects with a corner kick to head the ball into a dangerous position in front of goal, but Franch collects the ball comfortably.

72' SUB FOR AUS.. USA 4-2 Australia

Bold substitution, as defender Polkinghorne is replaced by striker Gielnik.

69' DISALLOWED GOAL OFFSIDE - USA 4-2 Australia

Lloyd slots another emphatic finish into the far right corner, but is immediately called offside. The forward saw it coming and didn't even attempt a celebration.

66' subs for aus - USA 4-2 Australia

Triple substitution for the Matildas: Logarzo, Raso and Simon make way for Cooney-Cross, Fowler and Nevin.

63' WASTEFUL FROM PRESS.. USA 4-2 Australia

Press pounces on a spilled ball and charges forward, with an attacking three overloading the Australian defence. Press fired a shot from long range which dragged well wide. Wasteful shot considering Heath was open on the left in a much more favourable position.

60' USA SUBS - USA 4-2 Australia

Rapinoe and M.Lewis make way for Heath and Lavelle.

56' KERR HITS THE POST! USA 4-2 Australia

Kerr rattles the post with a glancing header. Just inches away from closing the gap. What a game this is.

53' GOAL! USA 4-2 Australia

Foord headers home for Australia. A fantastic cross from Simon finds Foord in ach res of space, the forward produces a sublime header that succeeds Franch and flies into the top right corner of the goal.

51' GOAL! - USA 4-1 Australia

Lloyd makes it four! Again, Press with another assist. Press loops a high ball over the back four, which Kennedy deals with poorly and ends up heading towards goal but there's not enough on it. Llloyd pounces, and slots the ball coolly through the legs of Micah.

48' HANDBALL SHOUT - USA 3-1 Australia

Kerr is up in arms over a handball shout in the box. The forward seems to think the ball brushes Davidson, but from the replay view it doesn't look convincing.

45' - USA 3-1 Australia

The second half is underway..

HT - USA 3-1 Australia

What a thrilling first half that was. USA widen their lead close to the half time whistle after a deafeningly confident first half display.

45+1' GOAL! USA 3-1 Australia

Another fantastic finish, this time it's Lloyd. Horan does extremely well to fight off Egmond and slots a ball through to Lloyd. Lloyd's first touch takes the ball away from the defender and she fires an inch perfect strike past Micah and into the bottom right corner of the goal.

45+1' - USA 2-1 Australia

Three minutes of added time to be played.

42' NOT GIVEN USA 2-1 Australia

No penalty awarded. The referee points for a goal kick.

41' PENALTY SHOUT BEING REVIEWED - USA 2-1 Australia

Rapinoe goes down in the box, VAR is reviewing for a potential penalty. Kennedy slightly catches her ankle as she strikes the ball. Looks like it would be a soft one to give.

40' - USA 2-1 Australia

The Australian defence is starting to look slightly shakey. Any further sloppiness will almost certainly be punished by the USA attack, who have looked dangerous from the get go.

38' CHANCE FOR LLOYD! USA 2-1 Australia

Press making things happen for USA. The forward sets up Lloyd, who fires straight at Micah. Chance missed.

35' POOR FROM FRANCH.. USA 2-1 Australia

Foord is starting to cause the keeper some problems. The forward sends a looping ball across goal which Franch struggles to deal with. The keeper just about manages to palm the ball away from goal, luckily Sauerbrunn cleans up and clears the ball wide.

33' - USA 2-1 Australia

Yallop bursts down the left wing and forces a corner kick.

29' - USA 2-1 Australia

Free kick awarded to USA after Egmond commits a heavy challenge to take down S.Mewis.

23' - USA 2-1 Australia

We're certainly in for a thrilling match today. Australia's win against Team GB proved the Matildas certainly have the character to come back from behind. The USA will definitely have to leverage a more comfortable lead to rule out a comeback.

21' GOAL! USA 2-1 Australia

Rapinoe is on fire! Following a clumsy clearance from Australia the ball falls the Rapinoe. The forward volleys the ball effortlessly into the far left corner and beyond Micah. Absolutely sublime finish.

18' KERR COMES CLOSE.. USA 1-1 Australia

The Chelsea forward forces a fantastic save out of Franch, as her header is palmed over the bar.

17' GOAL KERR! USA 1-1 Australia

Kerr at it again! Foord slots a clinical through ball between the USA defence which Kerr runs on to. Kerr strikes the ball low, and it ricochets off Franch and into the back of the net.

12' - USA 1-0 Australia

USA are sitting comfortably on this score line and enjoying a nice spell of position.

8' GOAL! USA 1-0 Australia

Rapinoe scores from a corner kick! The forward whips in a teasing ball, heavy with both speed and spin. Keeper Micah fails to palm the ball away as it flies beyond her, and the balls curls into the far corner of the goal. Fantastic corner, but both the keeper and Australian defence will be disappointed with that one.

7' WHAT A SAVE! USA 0-0 Australia

Press fires a venomous shot goal ward. Micah denies the forward by producing a fantastic save and nudges the ball beyond the bar with an outstretched arm.

5' QUESTIONABLE OFFICIATING - USA 0-0 Australia

Rapinoe bursts forward and the ball is deflected off Davidson for what should be a corner. The officials signal for a goal kick. Rapinoe looks bemused.

3' - USA 0-0 Australia

Energetic start from Australia. Play has been pegged back in the USA half for the opening few minutes of the game.

1' - USA 0-0 Australia

We're underway..

8:55 - ANTHEMS IN FULL SWING

Both teams stand for their nation's anthem. Smiles painted infectiously across the faces of the Australian squad, a real buzz and excitement about this team today.
FINAL SONG FOR ALLEWAY

8:50

Just under ten minutes until kick off at the Ibaraki Kashima Stadium!

BRONZE WOULD MAKE HISTORY FOR THE MATILDAS..

Although looking tired at times, the Matildas were unfortunate not to reach the gold medal final. Monday’s 1-0 loss to Sweden saw two goals disallowed, with Sweden’s goal amassing from a wild deflection. Australia will certainly feel like worthy contestants in today’s match, and with the ever present threat of all-time top scorer Sam Kerr, they’re likely to cause stand-in keeper Franch some real problems.

CAN USA END ON A HIGH?

It has been unanimously agreed that the USWNT have looked slightly off the pace all tournament, and their narrow 1-0 defeat to Canada in the semi-final proved exactly that. USA have faced Australia 31 times overall, with the world No.1’s leading the series with 26 victories. It will be interesting to see if their polished record becomes further tarnished today.

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CARPENTER OUT:

Australia are without highly rated defender Ellie Carpenter following her red card against Sweden. Kennedy, Catley and Polkinghorne will make up a back three, closely shielded by Logarzo and Van Egmond.

Australia's starting eleven looks like this

ROTATION YET AGAIN FOR USA:

Today's starting line up sees more rotation from Monday's loss to Canada. Andonovski opts to start Rapinoe, Press and Lloyd to bolster the attack, who were all introduced as substitutions against Canada. Keeper Franch also starts in the absence of Alyssa Naeher, who suffered a nasty looking hyperextension to her knee in the semi-final clash.

Here is how the USWNT line up today

Australia have already bettered their previous Olympic performances by reaching a semi-final, and now have the chance to make history by winning their first ever Olympic medal. Exactly the type of statement the 2023 World Cup hosts will be looking to make.

Sam Kerr (Nr. 2) beim Kopfball gegen Neuseeland

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This morning's semi-final holds different motivations for either team. USA have achieved four golds and one silver in previous tournaments, so playing out for a bronze will not only be a first, but also carry a tinge of underachievement for Vlatko Andonovski’s heavily pegged side.

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Welcome to LIVE coverage of Tokyo 2020 women’s football tournament. Today hosts an exciting bronze medal match, in which USA and Australia will battle it out to try and snatch third place on the podium. I’m Anna Minter, and I’ll be providing you with updates throughout. KO 9:00 (BST).
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