USA won a record-extending fourth Women’s World Cup crown as a Megan Rapinoe penalty and Rose Lavelle’s smart finish secured a hard-fought triumph over the Netherlands on Sunday.
After a goalless first half, the United States piled the pressure on in the second period and were awarded a spot-kick via VAR after Alex Morgan was fouled in the box.
Rapinoe, who missed out on the semi-final victory over England, duly stepped up and fired home beyond Dutch stopper Sari van Veenendaal, who was in inspired form in this final, to open the scoring.
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Van Veenendaal was beaten for a second time when Lavelle carried the ball forward and then fired home a long- range stunner that doubled the USA’s lead to give them some breathing space.
They duly held on, even missing several golden opportunities to find a third goal, to add to their 1991, 1999 and 2015 World Cup titles in comfortable fashion.