The United States won the Women’s World Cup for a record fourth time, and defend its last title as it wins a 2nd consecutive world cup. The women national team of the United States of America completely overpowered and outmuscled the Netherlands in Lyon. Megan Rapinoe opened the scores with a goal from the penalty spot and Rose Lavelle’s fine run and finish gave the defending champions victory in the second half, after resilient first-half defending from the Dutch.
Veteran winger and MVP for the tournament Megan Rapinoe calmly-slotted in the opener, the penalty which was awarded and duly converted by Rapinoe came from a spot-kick that was awarded by the video assistant referee (VAR) review, in a tournament where the VAR as being a major talking point.
Barcelona defender Stefanie van der Gragt’s high boot caught the United States striker Alex Morgan and French referee Stephanie Frappart pointed to the spot after assessing replays via VAR, and the holders did not look back after taking the lead.
The European champions first real shot on target came in the second half 76th minute after a mazy run by Bayern Munich and Dutch winger Lineth Beerensteyn, this is the first time the Dutch Women national team would be reaching the final in only their second World Cup appearance, they kept the USA the favourites at bay in the first half as former Arsenal goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal produced a string of excellent saves.
But the USA, playing in their third consecutive final, continued their reign as the world’s finest side as they added to their titles of 1991, 1999 and 2015.
Rapinoe’s goal also meant she won the Golden Boot after finishing with six goals and three assists, while she also took the Golden Ball award for the tournament’s best player. Photo Credit: Getty