Australia star Sam Kerr says the Matildas are ready to take on the United States after a tough semifinal loss to Sweden.
“We believe in our team so much, we know that we’ve got such a special team and we really thought that we could win today,” Kerr told Channel 7 after Australia’s 1-0 semifinal defeat.
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The Matildas’ captain credited the Swedes on the team’s consistent performance throughout the Tokyo Olympics. “They’ve shown at this tournament that they’re right up there, so credit to them. They’re a really good team.”
Looking forward, Kerr says that the Matildas “can’t be sad too long.”
“We’ve got a bronze medal match, we still have the chance to make history so obviously, a bit disappointed and we’ll learn from it tonight,” Kerr said after Monday’s defeat.
Kerr is preparing for a fired-up opponent, emphasizing that the USWNT has “always shown up” when a medal is at stake.
“They’re a really, really good team and they’ve got amazing players. We’ll play the underdog very well, like we always do.”
Australia will play the USWNT in the Olympic bronze-medal match on Thursday, airing at 4 am ET on the USA Network.