WATCH: Two Insane Strikes From Megan Rapinoe Puts USWNT in Pole Position for Bronze at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/05/2021, 4:59 AM EDT
34-year old Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Boot at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.


After a disappointing semifinal performance, the USWNT have found their killer instinct. Although a bronze medal is nothing more than a consolation for them, their star striker has grabbed the brass ring. Megan Rapinoe blasted the USWNT into an early lead with two stunning goals.

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Megan Rapinoe puts USWNT in the lead against Australia

Jul 5, 2021; East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; USA forward Megan Rapinoe (15) reacts to the crowd during the send-off celebration after defeating Mexico during a USWNT Send-off Series soccer match at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. USA defeated Mexico 4-0. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

After being shredded on the internet for their embarrassing loss to Canada, Megan Rapinoe approached the bronze medal match with a different mindset. Hoping to make a statement, she entered with anger in her gut and used that to put the USWNT ahead within 21 minutes.

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We witnessed an Olimpico at the Olympics as Rapinoe launched one into the net from a corner. She pulled off the strike from a near impossible angle with a stellar strike. If you thought that was impressive, her next goal left us stunned.

An Aussie defender misjudged her clearance and put the ball on a plate for Rapinoe, but instead of bringing it down and slotting it in calmly, Rapinoe chose to go for a fizzer. She wrapped her foot around the ball and sent it flying into the top corner. A rare volley from the poacher and two exceptional Goal of the Tournament contenders from Rapinoe.

Australia’s Sam Kerr gets on the scoresheet as well

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The USWNT suffered a scare when Aussie’s star player Samantha Kerr scored the equalising goal. Nine minutes after Rapinoe’s insane corner-flag goal, Kerr calmy slotted Australia back into the game and in contention for bronze. With that goal, she made history as the Matildas’ top scorer of all time.

Kerr has led the Aussies valiantly, but the challenge from the USWNT might be too much. However, she probably can’t wait to get back to England and rejoin Chelsea as Premier League football kicks off once again.

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As we enter half-time, the USWNT leads 3-1 thanks to the Megan Rapinoe strikes and a goal from the legendary Carli Lloyd. Will Kerr lead the Matildas back into the game or have the American All-Stars put the game beyond their opponents?

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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