USA win 2019 Women’s World Cup
USA claimed the FIFA Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in Lyon on Sunday afternoon. Second half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle saw Jill Ellis and her side retain the trophy.
They became the second team to win the competition twice in a row, matching Germany’s record who won the trophy in 2003 and 2007.
It becomes their fourth title in total lifting World Cups in China,on home soil and in Canada.
It was a game that could have been won and wrapped up early if not for an inspired performance from Dutch goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal who will certainly be fielding some offers after her display.
In a frantic opening she made a good low stop to keep out Rose Lavelle on 27 minutes after a low cross was well claimed by her grateful gloves before she was then alert to beat away a powerful volley from Julie Ertz.
The former Arsenal stopper than produced a string of excellent saves in quick succession as she sprung herself to the left to tip away a Sam Mewis header then parried an Alex Morgan effort against the post before she denied Morgan again pushing her low effort behind for a corner.
Stefanie Van der Gragt then gave away a penalty minutes into the second half after she caught Alex Morgan following a cross in from Tobin Heath that caused problems in the Netherlands box that resulted in Morgan being hacked down.
Rapinoe took full responsibility as she slotted the ball into the net matching Alex Morgan’s goal and assists but as she done that in fewer minutes she claimed the Golden Boot.
It also made her the oldest scorer in a final of a World Cup as she started her third also featuring in 2011 and 2015.
Eight minutes later the superb Lavelle sealed the victory with a excellent solo effort as she cut inside leaving Van der Gragt and Anouk Dekker behind before drilling her shot beyond the outstretched Van Veenendaal.
Sarina Wiegman then nearly saw her side pull a goal back to get the Oranje back in the tie as Vivianne Miedema wriggled her way into the box but failed to let fly allowing USA to clear the ball away with ease.
So the 52 match tournament in France has come to an end and the Stars and Stripes dominance shows no signs of slowing up.