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What time do the Matildas play USA tonight in the Olympics women's football bronze medal match?

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5th August, 2021
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The Matildas are back in action tonight searching for Australia’s first-ever football medal against USA in the Tokyo Olympics women’s bronze medal match.

After the Aussies went down in rather dubious fashion to Sweden, they’ll call on leading goal scorer Sam Kerr to drag the Matildas to victory.

Due to a late red card in the semi-final, Ellie Carpenter won’t be available for Australia.

It remains to be seen what other personnel changes will be made by coach Tony Gustavsson after a brutal event schedule for the Matildas has left some players fatigued.

What time are the Matildas playing tonight?
The Australians are scheduled to take on Team USA at 5pm local time in Kashima, which means the opening whistle will sound at 6pm AEST in Australia. For those in the Western part of the country, that’s a 4pm AWST kick-off.

Expecting to progress through to the final, what would be primetime in America, the tournament favourites USA instead find themselves in an unlikely bronze medal clash with the Matildas during Australia’s primetime schedule.

How to watch the Australian Matildas vs USA?
Channel 7 and 7plus have the exclusive rights to the Olympics coverage and, therefore, they are the only places you can legally watch the Games.

Channel 7 will likely broadcast Matildas vs USA on their main free-to-air channel, which is channel 70 in metro areas. However, due to a programming clash, the first half will be shown on either 7mate or 7two. The Olympics broadcaster has regularly switched between events midway through the contest before, so expect some flicking between channels for this game as well.

If you’d prefer to have more control over your Olympics viewing and live stream the Matildas game, you can watch Australia online through the free 7plus. 7plus offers an app for Android and Mac devices by downloading through the appropriate app store but can also be accessed directly online.

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Most smart TVs will also allow you to reach the Olympic streaming service by searching for 7plus on your TV’s app page. Gaming consoles have this capacity as well.

On the app, you can choose between the Channel Seven commentary of Brenton Speed, or a world feed with a neutral commentator.

Game information

Kick-off: 6pm (AEST)
Venue: Ibaraki Kashima Stadium, Kashima
TV: Channel Seven, 7mate, 7two
Online: 7plus

Teams

Matildas
1. Lydia Williams, 2. Sam Kerr, 3. Kyra Cooney-Cross, 4. Clare Polkinghorne, 5. Aivi Luik, 6. Chloe Logarzo, 7. Steph Catley, 8. Elise Kellond-Knight, 9. Caitlin Foord, 10. Emily van Egmond, 11. Mary Fowler, 13. Tameka Yallop, 14. Alanna Kennedy, 15. Emily Gielnik, 16. Hayley Raso, 17. Kyah Simon, 18. Teagan Micah, 19. Courtney Nevin, 20. Charlotte Grant, 21. Laura Brock, 22. Mackenzie Arnold

USA
1. Alyssa Naeher, 2. Crystal Dunn, 3. Samantha Mewis, 4. Becky Sauerbrunn, 5. Kelley O’Hara, 7. Tobin Heath, 8. Julie Ertz, 9. Lindsey Horan, 10. Carli Lloyd, 11. Christen Press, 12. Tierna Davidson, 13. Alex Morgan, 14. Emily Sonnett, 15. Megan Rapinoe, 16. Rose Lavelle, 18. Adrianna Franch, 20. Casey Krueger, 21. Lynn Williams

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