The Matildas have come within a whisker of snapping USA’s long unbeaten streak, with Lisa De Vanna’s outrageous run and assist stealing the headlines at the Tournament of Nations.
Chloe Logarzo’s goal after De Vanna’s brilliant run from her own half looked like it was going to be enough to see the Aussies to beat the Unites States women’s national soccer team (USWNT) in their own backyard.
However, with regular time up, Lindsay Horan headed home America’s first stoppage time goal since 2016 to snatch a 1-1 draw and extend their unbeaten run to 18 games.
De Vanna left football fans in awe with her insane run and assist that helped help fire the Matildas into a first half lead against the World No.1 side.
The Aussies went into the clash against the United States on the back of a 3-1 win against Brazil.
However, it didn’t take long for the eighth ranked Aussies to stamp their authority on a side that hadn’t tasted defeat in its last 17 matches.
De Vanna was the architect of the goal, but for once Australia’s greatest goalscorer wasn’t the name on the scoresheet.
The Aussie veteran turned defence into attack with an incredible run from her own half after an American corner kick was defused.
De Vanna pounced on the loose ball before leaving defenders in her wake as she sprinted downfield.
The Aussie veteran’s vision and decision-making was spot-on as she played a superbly timed through ball to teammate, Chloe Logarzo, who slammed the ball into the bottom corner.
The brilliance of the assist from De Vanna was not lost on fans on social media.
Lisa de vanna you freak!!!!!! What an assist!!!! C’mon Aussies!!!!!@TheMatildas brilliant!
— Brenton Speed (@BrentonSpeed) July 29, 2018
— Melanie Dinjaski (@MelanieDinjaski) July 29, 2018
— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) July 29, 2018
Logarzo with the finish… but that is all De Vanna #ToN2018
— Tony Persoglia (@dalmanac) July 29, 2018
The Americans haven’t tasted defeat since the last time they met the Matildas in the same tournament a year ago.
It’s the only time the US have lost to Australia in women’s soccer.
But should they meet again at next year’s Women’s World Cup in France, the Matildas – who sit at No.8 in the world rankings – will be bullish about their chances.
The US struggled to maintain any rhythm in their play after conceding but still dominated possession and territory, forcing a number of desperate defensive interventions from Australia and continually testing custodian Lydia Williams.
But the Matildas were unable to ride their luck all the way to the final whistle, with Horan’s back-post effort a cruel blow at the death.
Samantha Kerr had the only other shot on target for the Matildas with her 68th-minute effort easily saved.
Australia rounds out their Tournament of Nations campaign on Friday morning (AEST) in Bridgeview, Illinois against Japan, who defeated them 1-0 in the Women’s Asian Cup final in April.