She won't be on the park when the Matildas battle the US for bronze, but Ellie Carpenter has thanked Australia for their support of the Matildas during Tokyo 2020!
Ahead of Thursday evening's bronze medal match against the USA, Carpenter told Sunrise that the team's focus is fully on what's ahead.
"We know that we have a shot at an Olympic medal tomorrow. So we're all focused and we can't wait to go out there and show Australia and create some history."
No matter the result, the Matildas will record their best ever result at an Olympics. If they're successful, it will be the best result by any Australian side at an Olympics and a first-ever football medal.
The pitch isn't the only place where history has been made. The Matildas have played five matches so far and Australians have tuned in in massive numbers.
A record-breaking 1,468,747 tuned in to watch the Matildas take on Sweden in round two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Women's Football Tournament.
That was the largest audience for a women's team sport event in Australia. The numbers continued to grow with a peak audience of over 2.2 million people tuning in to the 4-3 quarter-final victory over Great Britain.
The semi-final against Sweden then broke the previously set record with 1,871,107 Aussies watching the match with a peak audience of 2.32 million.
Despite not being able to be there in person, the Matildas have felt fans support over in Tokyo, with Carpenter thanking the country for getting behind the team and being their champions from afar.
"Thank you Australia for all your support. We know that you're with us and the viewings. We have 2.4 million people watching us in Australia. And we're just so ecstatic over here. Continue the support and cheer for us tomorrow night because we'll need it."
The bronze medal match kicks off at 6pm AEST on Thursday evening.
BRONZE MEDAL MATCH DETAILS
Matildas v United States
6:00 pm AEST kick-off
Watch it LIVE via the Seven Network and 7plus app (check your local listings)
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