The United States of America (USA) were on Sunday crowned the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champions, bagging their fourth title after they beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final in Lyon, France.
For the fourth time in eight tournaments the Women’s championship will go to the hands of the stripes and stars after they gave the Oranje the toughest time on the field.
For the first time in the tournament, the champions failed to score before the first-half, only waiting until the 60th minute to register their first goal of the match.
The Dutch team were determined to show their opponents that, if not good, they were at least tough by keeping them at bay and preventing the Americans from finding the back of the net early on.
It was only after second-half that goalkeeper Sari Van Veenendaal was truly tested.
USA captain Megan Rapinoe converted a second-half penalty before Rose Lavelle doubled her team’s lead that made the difference in Lyon and create history as the Americans lifted their second title on the trot.
The USA skipper was the standout player of the world cup, winning the Golden Ball, while England’s Lucy Bronze won the Silver Ball, and Lavelle taking home the Bronze Ball.
Rapinoe also claimed the golden boot for her six goals, while her teammate Alex Morgan got the silver boot and England’s Ellen White collecting the bronze boot. The trio finished the tournament with six goals apiece but the former bagged three assists, pipping the other two players to the award.
Netherlands’ Veenendaal was named as the Goalkeeper of the Tournament.