US Women’s Soccer Meets Australia in Battle for Bronze originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The U.S. women’s soccer team aims to get back on the Olympic podium as it faces Australia in the bronze medal match early Thursday morning.
The game starts at 4 a.m. ET on USA Network and streaming live on NBCOlympics.com:
After winning won four of the first five Olympic golds in women’s soccer, the United States will be trying to avoid missing out on the podium for a second straight Games.
They’re in danger of not medaling following a devastating 1-0 loss to Canada in the semifinals.
In the 72nd minute of the semifinal, Canada’s Deanne Rose went to the ground after being kicked in the leg by U.S. defender Tierna Davidson just inside the penalty area. Following video review, a penalty kick was awarded to Canada and Jessie Fleming converted from the spot for the game’s only goal.
Starting U.S. goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher exited in the first half against Canada with a knee injury. She won’t be available for the bronze medal match.
Australia is also coming off a 1-0 semifinal defeat, losing to Sweden on Fridolina Rolfo’s goal in the 46th minute. The Aussies are in search of their first women’s Olympic soccer medal.
The USWNT and Australia met in the group stage, playing to a 0-0 draw. Both sides finished group play with a 1-1-1 record.