FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 Highlights: United States won the Women’s World Cup for the fourth time, owing to two goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. After winning it 1991, 1999, 2015 and now in 2019, they are the first team ever to retain it.
After Alex Morgan’s two chances being saved in the first half, United States assumed the dominant status of the game against Netherlands. US have kept Sari van Veenendaal busy, but the Dutch have held their own perfectly with Vivianne Miedema and Sherida Spitse, both having a sight of goal late in the first half.
United States started attacking from the beginning of the second half and they were rewarded soon after Alex Morgan was brought down by a high boot from defender Stefanie van der Gragt. Megan Rapinoe converted the penalty on the 61st minute, before Rose Lavelle scored again in 69th minute after a brilliant run from the midfield. Netherlands tried their best through a Lineth Beerensteyn chance, but they fell to the experience of the Jill Ellis-led team in the end, as the match ended 2-0 at the final whistle.
FIFA Women's World Cup 2019 Final Highlights:
The end of the best World Cup ever
What a tournament, what a story! What an achievement from United States! Jill Ellis becomes the first manager to win the trophy twice. Celebrations all around, and consolations too, as the Dutch players have fallen to their knees in the midst of the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. Worthy contenders, but not ultimately quite. Megan Rapinoe wins the Golden Boot with 6 goals on minutes-per-goal ratio, and Alyssa Naeher wins the joint Golden Glove with 4 clean sheets. What a tournament this has been, the best ever?
CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD!
1991. 1999. 2015. 2019.
UNITED STATES WIN!
UNITED STATES HAVE WON THE WORLD CUP FOR THE FOURTH TIME!
The match ends 2-0, after Rapinoe (61') and Lavelle (69') scored in the second half against Netherlands, who just weren't enough against the experience of Jill Ellis' side.
Into the injury time
After Netherlands tried the tactic of pumping the ball into the box, US have again regained the ball, and they are now biding time from the corner. Taking a short on Morgan and Krieger try to play down the time. 5 more minutes of it.
Carli Lloyd comes on for Tobin Heath. 87 mins.
Time running out for the Dutch
Bloodworth mispasses from the back, US again back in possession. The Americans are still dominating the game, as the Dutch are lacking in composure. Guess, experience does matter.
Heath again on the break, but just like last time she makes a mess of it and takes too much time. van der Gragt held her ground very well.
van de Sanden lively
Getting a bit calm now. But van de Sanden is restless. She knows the Lyon stadium well from her club days, and is not leaving a bit of the right flank to Dunn. But she commits a foul, from which Heath had a break to score the third. Still, the pacy winger's fresh legs remains a threat to US. USA 2-0 NED, 83 mins.
Netherlands fighting back
Miedema is fouled, and the Dutch have a free kick. Minutes after Beerensteyn had troubled Naeher, Spitse takes aim from the distance and just misses it from the free kick.
Press is on for Rapinoe. The captain walks off to a standing ovation.
Crystal Dunn is played in by Rapinoe again, and she twists and turns before shooting. van Veenendaal is there again! What a game she is having for Netherlands.
Roord comes in for Martens. And Wiegman is desperate. Attacker van de Sanden is on for defender Dekker.
Netherlands on the backfoot
Heath comes close after Rapinoe plays her in, but she fails to score from inside the box. Morgan broke through again, but van Veenendall was there again, she collects it. Netherlands are struggling now.
WHAT A GOAL!
ROSE LAVELLE! A left-footed shot after a brilliant run from the heart of midfield, and she scores! USA 2-0 NED, 69 mins.
Miedema with a great run
Netherlands have opened up and US are attacking them on the break, once by Rapinoe. Another one by Heath. But Wiegman's women are not down yet, Miedema makes a crazy mazy run inside the box but fails to register a shot to trouble Naeher. USA 1-0 NED, 64 mins.
GOAL! USA 1-0 NED!
RAPINOE SCORES! van Veenendal is left standing as she calmly slots it towards the right post. She fires the United States in front! USA 1-0 NED, 61 mins.
PENALTY FOR US!
A lot is going on in this game. A corner for US, a counter from Netherlands, foul on Spitse and van de Donk fouls Dunn. And now, Morgan is also brought down in the penalty box by van der Gragt's high boot. Frappart does a VAR check and IT'S A PENALTY!
Another USA player down. And it's Becky Sauerbrunn again. And she is bloody. USA are down to ten women for the moment.
It's all USA
US are getting into their groove and their passing movement found Crystal Dunn. But the left-back's right-footed was always rising. Match resumes, and the ball is again in the path of Rapinoe. Ellis and her women are quite dominant now. Netherlands need to find a break.
Sixth corner for US
And they are back at it within a minute, and Rapinoe's corner is met by Ertz. She heads it wide.
Game is udnerway!
Ali Krieger is on for Kelley O'Hara for United States for the second half. And it restarts!
Clash of the managers
Jill Ellis and Sarina Wiegman are both pioneers of their trade, both being crowned Best FIFA Manager in the past. It is also only the second time that two female managers are in the dugout of a World Cup final. The last time it had happened was back in 2003, when Tina Theune of Germany and Marika Domansky-Lifors of Sweden were in charge.
US looking for glory
US are in their third consecutive final, looking for their second consecutive win, but Wiegman-led Netherlands are showing exactly why they are the reigning Euro Champions. It is a clash of the titans, and it is indeed shaping up as one with Alex Morgan coming close twice already, who has scored 6 goals in the World Cup so far. She is leading the Golden Boot race, with Rapinoe (5 goals) and Miedema (3 goals) behind her. Meanwhile, manager Jill Ellis is aiming to become the second ever manager, men's or women's, to win two consecutive World Cups after Vittorio Pozzo of Italy, who had won the 1934 and 1938 Men's World Cups.
Netherlands end the half on a high after producing three chances right at the end. United States still the dominant one. Morgan's left-footed shot that was saved by van Veenendaal remains the most important moment of the game. It is anyone's game in the second half. Goalless, but not for long by the looks of it.
Dutch ending the half on a high
Both of them are up, and Netherlands are back into action. They are finishing the first half on romp as Miedema and Spitse both have a sight of goal troubling the United States defense. And they came very close to scoring the opener from a corner. US clear it out.
Nasty coming together
In the injury time, both Martens and O'Hara have a collision of the heads. Both of them are down. The medical team is on the pitch now.
Some Dutch attack
Spitse's free kick has a deflection from O'Hara and they have a corner kick now. Spitse fails to make something out of it. Anyone's game now. Both the goalkeepers have been made busy, just Naeher a little less. Sari van Veenendaal has already made four saves in the game.
Dahlkemper brings down Beerensteyn while she was on the break, after Netherlands brought down Lavelle in their half. Yellow for the centre back. Spitse over the free-kick.
Alex Morgan is deadly and everyone knows it. And the minute she finds space, her left-footed shot is saved again by van Veenendaal.
Alex Morgan was brought down, and instead of a penalty, the referee awards a corner. And mayhem ensues, Mewis is close and after a while, Morgan's shot is saved! What a ball that was by Rapinoe. Netherlands just hanging on.
After Sauerbrunn was down minutes back, Dekker has also been brought down by Rapinoe on the other side. Bits and pieces of fouling happening. Delicately poised game for now, anyone can break through first.
Third corner for US
Kelley O'Hara crosses it in, and Morgan was there. The Dutch are struggling and concede yet another corner. Rapinoe swings one in and is well defended by Netherlands.
WHAT A SAVE!
Julie Ertz strikes a super volley into van Veenendaal, and what a save from the 29-year-old Dutch goalkeeper. USA 0-0 NED, 27 mins.
Minutes after van Veenendaal had to pick a cross from the air, Miedema plays a through ball to Beerensteyn, which made Naeher rush to the edge of the box to clear. And United States have their second corner of the game too within a minute. Is the game nearing a goal?
Dutch sticking to the left
A lot of the attack is happening down the left flank through Bloodworth and Martens, but the Dutch are yet to find a proper passing pattern to break the consolidated defensive wall of Dahlkemper and Sauerbrunn.