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Women’s World Cup Final Recap

USA vs Netherlands Recap

It was an amazing win for the US Women’s National Team in the World Cup. They defended their title and won the fourth World Cup for the US.

For the first half, the US was trying to gain more possession in order to control the game. The Netherlands did a good job of regaining possession and had an overall 42 percent possession for the game.

The US were getting some shots off and getting the ball down into the 18, but couldn’t finish.

In the 26th minute, Rose Lavelle got a shot on goal that Netherland’s keeper, Sari van Veenendaal, saved.

In the 38th minute, the US got a header on the ball but it was saved by Veenendaal.

A minute later Alex Morgan got a chance to score in the bottom right corner but the ball was deflected by the keeper.

Both teams came out strong in the second half.

Megan Rapinoe got her chance to set the US apart from the Netherlands in the 61st minute. Morgan was challenging for the ball in the 18 when Netherland’s defender, Stefanie van der Gragt, came in with a high leg. Her leg hit Morgan in the shoulder and sent her down to the ground.

The play was going to be a corner, but the referee went to VAR to make sure there was no penalty. She came back with the decision to make it a penalty because of the high leg.

USA vs Netherlands Recap
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Rapinoe shot right, which left Veenendaal standing still.

Lavelle scored for the US again in the 68th minute. She got the ball and was dribbling down the center of the pitch. The Netherlands were dropping back with a flat line of defense that gave Lavelle the opportunity to score. She dribbled into the box and took a touch to the left in order to get a good angle on the goal. Veenendaal dove to save the ball, but it went into the far bottom right.

The US finished the game with 11 shots on goal, while the Netherlands only had two.

 

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