A record crowd at the Matildas house of 36,109 fans filled Accor Stadium but they were silenced after just 24 seconds when Ashley Hatch Attack a variety of defensive loopholes to take the lead.
United States Goalkeeper Casey Murphy, the first of four to debut in the second line-up, rejected Australia at every turn.
Tameka Yallop captained Australia, and Gustavsson made his debut at the age of 17 Jessika Nash and 19 years old Courtney Nevin, at her sixth cap, was in the center of defense with Alanna Kennedy (quadriceps) and Clare Polkinghorne (rested) absent.
The young centre-back pair received a baptism when Australia overturned the ball shortly after the start.
Nash didn’t have enough power after a clean header, and Lynn Williams nodded in agreement to a booming Hatch who had escaped Nevin’s attention.
Hatch burst through Nash, good communication and clean past completion Teagan Micah.
The teams exchanged opportunities as the game unfolded, and Sam Kerr forced Murphy to make a brilliant save in the 33rd minute.
Then, at 35 minutes, the United States forwards Margaret Purce got out of the break but missed her shot completely
Kyah Simon Three minutes later, he created a brilliant opportunity, making a close effort over the bar after Caitlin Foord’s superb run and cut.
At the end of the inning, the fun doesn’t stop Mary Fowler forcing Murphy to block with a dangerous shot.
A few minutes after the break, Purce passed Nevin skillfully and then cut the ball back for Lavelle to finish coldly in the near corner.
Kerr started the match despite limited fitness, while the Matildas players also wore black armbands after the striker’s uncle passed away this week.
She was replaced by Kyra Cooney-Cross at the 63rd minute.
Soon after, Horan went down under Carpenter’s contact and buried the penalty.
It was the 35th goal Australia had conceded in 15 games under Gustavsson.
Fowler tried his luck from long range in the 69th minute but Murphy once again stood firm to deny the 18-year-old and keep a clean sheet for her.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/report?gameId=621471 Australia vs USA – Football match report – November 26, 2021