7 July 2019
Megan Rapinoe (centre) gets the party as USA are crowned FIFA WWC champions after beating Netherlands.
Defending champions USA recorded back-to-back World Cup triumphs with a 2-0 win against a plucky Netherlands side.
Megan Rapinoe, who has emerged as an iconic figure during the tournament, scored the first of two second-half goals from the penalty spot after Stefanie van der Gragt's challenge on Alex Morgan.
Rose Lavelle then provided a sublime second, decisive goal to secure victory with a clinical strike from the edge of the area.
"This is an amazing group of players and an even better group of people. They are unbelievable They have made history," beamed USA coach Jill Ellis, after watching her team become the first side to retain the FIFA WWC.
The Netherlands, making their first ever appearance in the final, had clearly done their homework and frustrated the USA for long periods, with goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal proving an unbeatable last line of defence.
But once Rapinoe fired home the game's opener with just over 20 minutes remaining, it really looked as of there was only going to be one winner.
In fact after Lavelle had doubled their lead, it took further super saves from Van Veenendaal to deny USA from winning by a bigger margin as she thwarted Morgan and Crystal Dunn late on.
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