Historic USWNT defend FIFA Women’s World Cup title in France

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USA made history by becoming just the second nation to defend the Women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in the final in Lyon on Sunday.

Captain Megan Rapinoe set the USA on their way with her sixth goal at the tournament, breaking 61 minutes of Dutch resistance, when she converted a VAR-awarded penalty, after Alex Morgan was caught in the area by Stefanie van der Gragt’s raised boot.

 

Rose Lavelle then wrapped up the victory, capping a fine tournament on a personal level as she raced through the Dutch defence and fired a brilliant solo effort beyond the inspired Sari van Veenendaal.

 

Victory sees Jill Ellis’ side deliver a record fourth World Cup title, four years on from their third triumph in Canada in 2015, and become the first side since Germany in 2009 to triumph at back-to-back tournaments.

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