After making it through one of the toughest Women's World Cup tournaments yet, the U.S. women's national team held on to defeat the Netherlands 2-0 in the final on Sunday.
While the U.S. was shaky in the first half, it came out even stronger in the second. Veteran attacker Megan Rapinoe and rising star Rose Lavelle gave the U.S. two goals to secure the USWNT's fourth world cup title.
With the victory, the Americans set several records and put up some wild stats. Take a look:
- USA secured its fourth Women’s World Cup title (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019), now winning twice as many Women’s World Cup tournaments as any other nation.
- With Megan Rapinoe's goal in the 61st minute of Sunday's match, she became the first player to score a penalty in a Women's World Cup final.
- Rapinoe's goal also made her the oldest scorer in a final, and she became the oldest player to win a Women's World Cup Golden Ball (best player) or Golden Boot (top scorer) award.
- Rapinoe is just the second player in history to start three Women’s World Cup finals (2011, 2015, 2019) after Germany’s Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007).
- The USWNT joined Germany as the only two teams in the history of the Women's World Cup to win back-to-back titles.
- The U.S. also set a record for most goals at a World Cup with 26. Germany previously held the record with 25.
- The Netherlands has now lost its last seven matches against USA in all competitions by an aggregate score of 2-24.
- Sunday's match marked a 12th consecutive victory at the Women’s World Cup for the USA – the longest run in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s).
- Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal made eight saves in this match, which is the most by a goalkeeper in a knockout stage match at the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
- Since failing to score against Australia in July 2017, the USA has scored in 45 consecutive matches in all competitions, netting 148 goals and scoring at least twice in.
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