USA beat Netherlands to win Women's World Cup for record fourth time
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USA beat Netherlands to win Women's World Cup for record fourth time

The United States Women's national team have defended their World Cup title, after beating Netherlands 2-0 in the finals on Sunday evening. 

It took an hour for the hot favourites to find the breakthrough, with 34-year-old Megan Rapinoe finding the back of the net through a penalty for her sixth strike of the tournament, level with Alex Morgan. 

Rose Lavelle scored the second for the Americans, after a fine run and an equally fantastic strike in the 69th minute to virtually take the game beyond the resilient Dutch. 

Rapinoe also became the oldest player to score in the women's World Cup final, and will claim the golden boot having scored six goals and picked up three assists in fewer minutes than Morgan.

The USA were playing in their third consecutive final and were arguably the best team through the tournament. They add the title to those they won in 1991, 1999 and 2015.

The Netherlands, on the other hand, were playing in their second World Cup ever and produced a wonderful display as they kept the favourites at bay for much of the match.

It was a sweet win for English-born coach Jill Ellis, who becomes the first manager to lift the trophy twice having tasted victory in last year's final, where they beat Japan 5-2.

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