USA beat Netherlands in women's World Cup final to retain title
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Jul 08, 2019,
Jul 08, 2019, 0:14
"We'll do anything to win". All 28 players are suing their employer, U.S. Soccer, for gender discrimination.
Megan Rapinoe - later named player of the tournament - opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 61 minutes, while Rose Lavelle added a second with a fine finish eight minutes later.
"She's superstar, not even in the making, she's straight-up superstar at this point", Rapinoe said. Upon returning to the pitch, the game played out much of the same way: The Dutch stayed compact, the Americans tried to break them down, and despite their best efforts, just couldn't quite break things open.
With her spat with Donald Trump over her intended boycott of any team visit to the White House and her role in the USA team´s battle with their federation for equal pay, she has been the big star of this World Cup.
"It's kind of synonymous with the USA women's national team, you know".
Victory sees Jill Ellis' side deliver a record fourth World Cup title, four years on from their third triumph in Canada in 2015, and become the first side since Germany in 2009 to triumph at back-to-back tournaments.
Rapinoe was leading a lawsuit by players against the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay with the men's team, which was hanging there because of the women's world cup.
"It's just chemistry. They put their hearts and soul into this journey", Ellis said. The Dutch are underdogs at +765 (risk $100 to win $765), and if you simply want to pick the U.S.to win outright, you can get in at -600.
The midfielder has been left less than impressed by Sunday's showpeice match at Stade de Lyon being played on the same day as both the Copa America final, where hosts Brazil face Peru, and the USA men's team's CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Mexico in Chicago.
US President Donald Trump criticised the midfielder for her X-rated response in a video clip when asked about the team's celebration plans should they go on to lift the trophy.
Alyssa Naeher, the 31-year-old who succeeded Hope Solo in goal, faced repeated questions entering the tournament but allowed just three goals in the tournament and finished with her fourth shutout. After a goalless first half, Rapinoe scored with a penalty after a high-footed tackle.
The USA had scored in the opening 12 minutes of each of their World Cup games this summer, but a disciplined Dutch defensive unit brought that run to an end, frustrating the holders early on.
The Netherlands, in contrast, were playing in only their second World Cup after the women's game gained popularity at home following the team's victory at the Euro 2017 on home soil.
Rapinoe was given a standing ovation by the crowd when she subbed out in the 79th minute.
With the stage set at Stade de Lyon, the Americans battled with the Netherlands for tempo for the majority of the first half Sunday.