Monday 19 March 2018 / 02:28 AM

USA women’s team party like it’s 1999

The United States women’s national football team celebrated their third World Cup trophy, and their first since 1999, after they comfortably saw off a lacklustre Japan 5-2 in the final in Vancouver, Canada.

The game was effectively killed off as a contest in the first 16 minutes which saw the Americans run riot with four goals, including a 13-minute hat-trick for their captain Carli Lloyd, a first for a women’s World Cup final.

Japan pulled back two goals, with Yuki Ogimi’s curling left foot shot and an own goal by American defender Julie Johnston giving them hope, but their jitters from set pieces saw the USA score their fifth goal just two minutes later off a corner, which proved to be the final nail in Japan’s coffin.

This match was a repeat of the last World Cup final in 2011, which Japan clinched on penalties after a 2-2 draw, but the blitz that marked the start of this match meant that retribution for that loss was never in doubt for a deserving USA side.  

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