USA win Women's World Cup after beating the Dutch
USA beat Netherlands 2-0 in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Lyon, their first triumph in the competition since 2015.
Second half goals from Megan Rapinoe, who broke the deadlock from the penalty spot, and Rose Lavelle, ensured USA were crowned world champions for a record fourth time.
USA, who overcame England in a tight semi-final, went into the game as favourites but despite dominating the first half they were unable to break down the Dutch, who defended well as a unit.
The game sprung to life on the hour though, and it was no surprise VAR was involved given how prominent the system has been during the tournament, with the referee eventually awarding USA a penalty following a foul by Stefanie van der Gragt on Alex Morgan.
Rapinoe strode forward and dispatched the resulting kick to open the scoring, and just eight minutes later the USA’s lead was extended courtesy of a brilliant strike by Lavelle, who produced a fine finish at the end of a mazy run.
Rapinoe’s opener ensured she picked up the Golden Boot award after finishing the tournament with six goals, while she was also earned the Golden Ball award, given to the best player overall.