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2019 Women's World Cup

FIFAWWC Final: USWNT win fourth World Cup title over Netherlands

USWNT win WWC
LYON, FRANCE — JULY 07: Players of the USA celebrate Megan Rapinoe's goal from the spot during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup France Final match between The United States of America and The Netherlands at Stade de Lyon on July 7, 2019 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Daniela Porcelli/Getty Images)

United States 2, Netherlands 0

It all came down to this: one more match. The FIFA World Cup has lasted for a month and now it’s over. The excitement of women’s soccer will — and should — continue to evolve and grow throughout the world. For now, there’s a celebration going on for the U.S. Women’s National Team, after winning their fourth World Cup.

The USWNT achieved this feat with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands.

In the first half, the Dutch kept the United States off the scoreboard, but not quiet. The United States had four shots on goal, but incredible goalkeeping work from Sari van Veenendaal kept the USWNT off the board. Julie Ertz had the most dangerous chance for the USWNT in the 28th minute. The ball fell to Ertz and she made a diving kick inside the box, but van Veenendaal made a stretching, reaction save.

Rose Lavelle also had a shot on goal, as well as Sam Mewis and Alex Morgan.

Lavelle got her chance in the second half, scoring the game-winning goal in the 69th minute. However, initially getting the team on the board was Megan Rapinoe with a penalty kick in the 62nd minute. The penalty was awarded after Stefanie van der Gragt was called for a high-boot foul against Alex Morgan inside the box. After a quick review from VAR, the penalty was awarded to the USWNT.

Lavelle’s goal came in the 69th minute, as she blasted a shot past van Veenendaal. The 24-year-old from Cincinnati scored earlier in the World Cup, with two goals against Thailand.

The USWNT have now extended their history as the only team to win four FIFA Women’s World Cup titles. The USWNT are only the second team to make World Cup history as they went back-to-back champions. Germany did it before in 2003 and 2007. The USWNT are the first team, though, to make three consecutive FIFA World Cup finals.

Meanwhile, tip your hat to the Netherlands, as they just made their World Cup debut four years ago in Canada. After going out in the Round of 16 in 2015, the Dutch made a World Cup final.

Goal Summary

  • United States (Megan Rapinoe, 62′ PK)
  • United States (Rose Lavelle, 69′)

Caution Summary

  • Netherlands (Sherida Spitse, 10′)
  • United States (Abby Dahlkemper, 41′)
  • Netherlands (Stefanie van der Gragt, 60′)

— Rachael McKriger

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