US Win 4th Women’s Football World Cup Title, Beat Netherlands 2-0
 United States team celebrates with trophy after winning the Womens World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, France
United States team celebrates with trophy after winning the Womens World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, France(Photo: AP/PTI)

US Win 4th Women’s Football World Cup Title, Beat Netherlands 2-0

The United States won its record fourth Women's World Cup title and second in a row, beating the Netherlands 2-0 Sunday night, 7 July, when Megan Rapinoe converted a penalty kick in the second half and Rose Lavelle added a goal.

Rapinoe, the pink-haired US captain who grabbed world-wide attention on and off the field, scored in the 61st minute after a video review determined Stefanie van der Gragt had fouled Alex Morgan with a kick to the shoulder in the penalty area.

United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her side’s opening goal during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands.
United States’ Megan Rapinoe celebrates after scoring her side’s opening goal during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands.
(Photo: AP/David Vincent)

Also Read : Indian Women’s Football Team Can Match Any Oppn’s Fitness: Coach

Loading...

Two days past her 34th birthday, Rapinoe slotted the ball past goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal for her 50th international goal, her sixth of the tournament to win the Golden Ball as scoring leader. The oldest player to score in a Women's World Cup final, she struck a familiar victorious pose with arms outstretched.

Lavelle, at 24 the team's up-and-coming star, added a goal on an 18-foot left-footed shot in the 69th after a solo run up the centre of the field.

United States’ Rose Lavelle, left, is challenged by Netherlands’ Danielle Van De Donk during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, France
United States’ Rose Lavelle, left, is challenged by Netherlands’ Danielle Van De Donk during the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, France
(AP Photo/David Vincent)

Fans, many dressed in red, white and blue, chanted "Equal Pay!" at the final whistle, a reminder players sued the US Soccer Federation in March claiming gender discrimination.

Rapinoe drew the ire of US President Donald Trump during the tournament by saying she and teammates would refuse to visit the White House, part of the team's wider push for gender equity. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio needed just a few seconds after the final whistle to invite the team to a ticker-tape parade up the Canyon on Heroes in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Also Read : Women’s Football Team Better Than Men’s, Says Sunil Chhetri

US players celebrate at the end of the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines
US players celebrate at the end of the Women’s World Cup final soccer match between US and The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines
(Photo: AP/David Vincent)

The Americans never trailed in the tournament and set records with 26 goals and a 12-game World Cup winning streak dating to 2015. US coach Jill Ellis became the first coach to lead a team to two Women's World Cup titles, and the US joined Germany in 2003 and 2007 as the only repeat champions.

With confidence and brashness that some called even arrogant — triggering a backlash that the angry response was sexist — this American team established a standard of excellence that will be a goal for other US teams and the rest of the world to match. Former American players joined the current generation on the field for the post-game celebration.

(Published in an arrangement with Associated Press)

(The Quint is now available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

Follow our Football section for more stories.

    Also Watch

    Loading...