The USA won their fourth Women’s World Cup against a Netherlands side that showed resilience in holding out for over an hour before eventually falling behind to a penalty.
Although the Dutch got forward regularly from early on, few chances were created by them and they were indebted to Sari van Veenendaal, the recipient of the Golden Glove whose saves kept the Americans at bay for so long,
However, all the good work done by the underdogs was undone when Stefanie van der Gragt conceded the spot-kick with a high boot connecting with Alex Morgan. Golden Ball and Golden Boot winner Megan Rapinoe then converted by sending the keeper the wrong way.
Eight minutes later and Rose Lavelle ran at the Dutch defence, worked herself some space and fired home to double the lead and effectively seal victory.
The Netherlands then threw caution to the wind and although Sherida Spitse was close with a free-kick, the Dutch did well to prevent the holders from adding to their tally.
As well as the adidas Golden Boot and Golden Glove, two further awards were made after the match, with Germany’s Giulia Gwinn declared the FIFA Young Player of the tournament and France winners of the Fair Play Award.