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Megan Rapinoe scores DIRECTLY from the corner as USA defeat Australia to win bronze in seven-goal thriller


It might not be the medal they were hoping for at the start of the Olympics, but the United States Women’s National Team won the bronze after a thrilling 4-3 game against Australia.

The USWNT entered the tournament as a big favorite as the world champion and on a 44-game winning streak.

Rapinoe scored two brilliant goals in the bronze medal game
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Megan Rapinoe scores DIRECTLY from the corner as USA defeat Australia to win bronze in seven-goal thriller
One of Rapinoe’s goals was straight from a corner
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But things unfolded very quickly with an opening loss to Sweden.

They rallied and reached the semi-final, but lost to Canada for the first time in 20 years and their bid for a gold medal evaporated.

The United States had to get up and go for the bronze medal and that is exactly what they did.

Veterans Megan Rapinoe and Carli Lloyd both scored twice in the seven-goal thriller to see them win 4-3.

Rapinoe and Lloyd combined for four World Cups, three gold medals and now two bronze medals.

Megan Rapinoe scores DIRECTLY from the corner as USA defeat Australia to win bronze in seven-goal thriller
Lloyd, 39, has scored twice in what will likely be his last Olympics
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Their legendary status has never been in doubt, but if this is their last Olympics, they have left a lasting memory.

Rapinoe scored two sensational goals to put the United States ahead with the first straight from a corner – known colloquially as “Olimpico” – then the second with a superb volley.

Lloyd went 3-1 before the break, then added the second six minutes after their return.

The Matildas responded shortly after to close the gap to two before a 90th-minute goal created a nervous finish.

The United States held on for the bronze medal in what was an exciting game.

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