Women's World Cup: Megan Rapinoe becomes oldest scorer in a final

Megan Rapinoe broke the deadlock for USA as she scored from the spot, after Netherlands' Stefanie van der Gragt fouled striker Alex Morgan inside the box.

Published : Jul 07, 2019 22:20 IST

Megan Rapinoe celebrates her sixth goal of the tournament.
Megan Rapinoe celebrates her sixth goal of the tournament.

Megan Rapinoe celebrates her sixth goal of the tournament.

Megan Rapinoe, aged 34 years 2 days, became the oldest goal scorer in a FIFA Women's World Cup final.

Rapinoe, who now has six goals to her name, scored from a penalty kick after USA was awarded the spot kick following Stefanie van der Gragt's high boot on USA forward Alex Morgan in the box.

Rapinoe stepped up from the spot and slotted it past van Veenendaal - who didn't move - into the bottom-right corner of goal.

The 34-year-old also became the first player to score a penalty in a World Cup final, and the third player to convert three penalties at a single World Cup.

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With the strike, Rapinoe added her sixth goal of the tournament, and as it stands, she will win the Golden Boot. Rapinoe is tied at six goals with Morgan, but has scored goals in fewer minutes.

Just eight minutes after Rapinoe's strike, Rose Lavelle doubled the Americans' lead with her strike. On a counter-attack, Lavelle dribbled through the midfield,  and set up a left-footed shot, which hammered it into the bottom-right corner of goal.

With Lavelle's strike, USA added 26 goals at the 2019 World Cup- more than any other side in a single edition of the competition.

The two goals were enough to seal the fourth World Cup for the Americans, having earlier tasted glory in 1991, 1999 and 2015. This was USA's first World Cup victory on European soil.

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