Lindsey Horan celebrates her equalizing goal in the 90th minute. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – A Lindsey Horan header in the final minute of regulation earned the U.S. women an important point as the Americans tied Australia 1-1 in the 2018 Tournament of Nations in front of a crowd of 21,570 at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field on Sunday night.
Both teams improved to four points each, and along with Brazil, remain in contention for the tournament title, with only Japan eliminated after two consecutive losses.
The tournament will crown a champion in the Midwest, with the teams traveling to Bridgeview, Ill. about 15 miles from Chicago for the final date of games as Australia takes on Japan (5:45 p.m. ET, ussoccer.com), in a AFC Women’s Asia Cup final rematch, and the USA takes on Brazil (9:30 p.m. ET) live on FS1 on Thursday.
The U.S. controlled most of the opening half, generating several chances, maintaining 64 percent of the possession and outshooting Australia 9-5. It was the Aussies, however, who took advantage of a counterattack opportunity and tallied the opening goal in the 22nd minute after a terrific run from Lisa De Vanna and smart finish from Chloe Logarzo.
In the second half, it was a similar story, with the American enjoying the edge in shots (18-8), possession, and corner kicks (10-2). The hosts broke through in the 90th minute with a Megan Rapinoe corner kick that Horan finished with a header for a 1-1 deadlock.
In the first match of the day, after 75 minutes of battling on a hot day, Marta scored in the 76th minute and Beatriz tallied what would eventually be the game-winner with a 90th-minute strike as Brazil defeated Japan, 2-1. The win kept Brazil in contention for the tournament title.
2018 Tournament of Nations Standings