Vastavam web: The United States won a record-extending fourth women’s World Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Netherlands on Sunday as second-half goals from Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle confirmed their status as the leading power in the women’s game. The defending champions struggled to gain dominance for an hour before a Rapinoe penalty, her sixth goal of the tournament, broke the deadlock and a fine individual effort from Lavelle in the 69th minute put the outcome beyond doubt.
The Dutch, who are the European champions, ran out of steam after Rapinoe opened the scoring in the 61st minute, having done more than any team to frustrate the Americans. However, amidst the firework celebrations after the final whistle, Rapinoe’s thoughts were on her team’s triumph — their second in a row after the 2015 victory in Canada. “It’s like history. I don’t know how to feel right now. It is ridiculous,” said Rapinoe.
“We’re crazy that’s what makes us special. We just have no quit in us. We are so tight. We will do anything to win. Rapinoe’s earlier comments, regarding a rejection of any eventual invite to the White House, brought her into the centre of political debate but the side’s win was greeted positively by President Donald Trump.
New York city mayor Bill de Blasio said the team would receive a “ticker tape parade” down the ‘Canyon of Heroes” in Manhattan on Wednesday.