In one of the best performances in United States soccer history, the US women’s national team beat Japan 5-2 to win the Women’s World Cup final.
It’s the team’s first World Cup title since 1999, and they won it in style.
The Americans scored two goals in the first five minutes and four goals in the first 15 minutes in one of the most stunning starts to a World Cup final you will ever see. The final scoreline wasn’t as bad a Germany 7, Brazil 1 in the 2014 World Cup semifinal, but the 15-minute onslaught to open the game had the same feeling.
Carli Lloyd scored the first two goals, both off set pieces, and then got a hat trick inside 15 minutes with a ridiculous shot from a halfway line.
Lloyd’s first goal, about 150 seconds in the game, came off a pre-planned corner play:
The second came after some sloppy Japan defending:
The Lauren Holiday goal made it 3-0:
Carli Lloyd scored from the halfway line to make it 4-0:
Japan was shell shocked:
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