Historical triumph for USWNT
USA Women’s soccer team retained their Women’s World Cup championship at Lyon in France against the Netherlands on Sunday.
The U.S.A had a slow start in the first half of the game as the Netherlands had a focused and seemingly unbreakable defence. The European champions kept their defensive shape and the score remained 0-0 through the first half.
The American’s revived the match in the second half with two goals from team captain Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle. Rapinoe missed the semi-finals against France due to a hamstring injury but made it to the finals. She scored a penalty after a reckless challenge from Stefanie van der Gragt to USA Morgan Alex. Minutes later, Rose Lavelle decided the game in favour of the defending champions with a magnificent shot that went passed Goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal.
Jill Ellis, who is the first coach to win the world cup back to back spoke about the difficulties the team faced during a post-match press briefing.
“The level overall all over the world is growing exponentially every year so in four years on this was incredibly difficult because the opponent is better and the teams we have to come through were some of the best teams in the world and I think in terms of the path and the level this was pretty challenging,” she said.
In a press briefing, Captain Rapinoe said, “The pedigrees, the wins, and the championships speak for themselves we have a super talented group of players and the very talented staff, I feel like top to bottom especially with the support staff and the tactical staff we have, we world class so it’s a credit to her,” she said.
The WWC 2019 AWARDS
Golden Ball (Tournament MVP)
Golden Ball: Megan Rapinoe – USA
Silver Ball: Lucy Bronze – England
Bronze Ball: Rose Lavelle – USA
Golden Boot (Top goalscorer)
Golden boot: Megan Rapinoe – USA (Six goals, three assists, fewer minutes played than Morgan)
Silver boot: Alex Morgan – USA (Six goals, three assists)
Bronze boot: Ellen White – England (Six goals)
Golden glove (Best Goalkeeper)
Sari van Veenendaal – Netherlands
Young player of the tournament (Under 21 years old)
Giulia Gwinn – Germany
FIFA Fair Play trophy
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