The USA overwhelmingly delivered on their promise of victory in last night’s World Cup Final against Japan. Only sixteen minutes after the starting whistle, the USA were four goals up with a goal from Lauren Holiday and a hat-trick from captain, Carli Lloyd. Lloyd’s third goal was a phenomenal blast from the halfway line, catching the keeper off her line, and Japan looked stunned to find themselves four goals adrift so early on in the game.
In the 2011 World Cup final, Japan beat the USA on penalties, but this time round they looked utterly outclassed by them. However, a shot from Yuki Ogimi helped steady the nerves and allowed the Japanese to regroup and stop hemorrhaging any more goals in the first half. The score at half time was 4-1.
In the second half, an own goal from Julie Johnson gave Japan a glimmer of hope, but within minutes Tobin Heath had scored again for the USA, and that three goal gulf proved too great for the title holders to bridge. The final score was 5-2. The USA are the 2015 World Cup Champions, and also the first nation to win the Women’s World Cup three times.