The United States won the Women’s World Cup for a fourth time, beating Holland 2-0 in Lyon.
After being thwarted by a series of excellent Sari Van Veenendaal saves in the first half, the US took the lead in the 61st minute when Megan Rapinoe coolly converted a penalty awarded via VAR.
Rose Lavelle doubled the lead eight minutes later as the holders made sure of a successful defence of the title.
They become the second team to win the competition twice in a row, matching the feat of 2003 and 2007 champions Germany.
Both US successes have been achieved under the management of Jill Ellis, who was born in England.
Rapinoe’s spot-kick saw her finish alongside team-mate Alex Morgan and England’s Ellen White as the tournament’s joint top-scorer with six goals.
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