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USA 2-0 Netherlands: USA retain the World Cup with a comfortable win over the Netherlands

USA won their fourth World Cup with a comfortable win over the Netherlands
USA won their fourth World Cup with a comfortable win over the Netherlands (Picture: Getty)

USA won their fourth World Cup after beating the Netherlands 2-0 in Lyon thanks to goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle.

Rapinoe moved level with teammate Alex Morgan and Englands Ellen White in the Golden Boot standings with a confident penalty before Lavelle sealed the victory with an excellent shot from the edge of the box.

4 – USA have secured their fourth Womens World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019), now winning twice as many Womens World Cup tournaments as any other nation. Triumphant. #FIFAWWC #USANED pic.twitter.com/Jtlgu3RPyt

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Julie Ertz had the first effort on target just before the half-hour mark, swivelling and volleying towards goal to force Sari van Veenendaal into a smart stop.

USA celebrate after Megan Rapinoe's opening goal
USA celebrate after Megan Rapinoes opening goal (Picture: Getty)

Much was made of Morgans tea-sipping celebration against England in the semi-final in the build-up to the game and the USA captain was involved in another controversial incident as she went down inside the box under minimal contact from Dominique Bloodworth.

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The neutrals inside the stadium made their feelings clear, booing Morgan vociferously as she got to her feet.

Alex Morgan won the penalty that was scored by Megan Rapinoe
Alex Morgan won the penalty that was scored by Megan Rapinoe (Picture: Getty)

Moments later Van Veenendaal made a crucial double save to keep the USA at bay first to deny a header from Rose Lavelle and then to keep out Morgans toe-poke from close range following two pinpoint crosses from Rapinoe on the left wing.

Morgan went close to scoring again five minutes before the break, lashing a venomous strike towards the bottom corner from the edge of the box but again Van Veenendaal was equal to it.

Megan Rapinoe made no mistake from the penalty spot
Megan Rapinoe made no mistake from the penalty spot (Picture: Getty)

With just over an hour played, the USA finally made their pressure count as Rapinoe calmly slotted home a penalty for her sixth goal of the tournament after referee Stephanie Frappart had penalised Stefanie van der Gragt for a foul on Morgan after consulting VAR.

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