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USA wins Women's World Cup over the Netherlands

USA wins Women's World Cup over the Netherlands Photo: TT
Players of the United States celebrate during the awarding ceremony of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup at Stade de Lyon in Lyon

Team USA have lifted the Women’s World Cup for a record fourth time with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Sunday’s final in Lyon.

The reigning champions and world number one, who had never placed lower than third at a Women’s World Cup, triumphed after two second-half goals.

Golden Ball winner Megan Rapinoe opened the scoring from the spot in the 61st minute after the video assistant referee intervened to award USA a penalty.

Eight minutes later Rose Lavelle added a second to seal the victory in front of almost 58,000 fans.

“It’s surreal,” Rapinoe said. “I don’t know how to feel. It’s ridiculous.”

US boss Jill Ellis became the first-ever coach to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles, while 12 members from that squad in 2015 were part of this team.

“They put their heart and soul into this journey, and I can’t thank them enough,” Ellis said.

Meanwhile, Sweden defeated England 2-1 on Saturday to claim third place.

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