USA retain World Cup title

By AFP

After a goalless first half, the US went in front just after the hour when Rapinoe converted a spot-kick given following a VAR review.

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Netherlands players react after losing the World Cup final. AFP photo

A Megan Rapinoe penalty and a Rose Lavelle strike gave the United States a 2-0 win over the Netherlands in the women's World Cup final in Lyon on Sunday as the holders retained their title.

After a goalless first half, the US went in front just after the hour when Rapinoe converted a spot-kick given following a VAR review.

The excellent Lavelle made it 2-0 in the 69th minute as the USA won the World Cup for the fourth time in eight editions and denied European champions the Netherlands a famous trophy double.