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United States v Netherlands Live Commentary, 07/07/2019

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M. Rapinoe (61 pen)
R. Lavelle (69)
Groupama Stadium


That will do it for our live coverage of the Women's World Cup final between the United States and Netherlands! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
As a result of this match, the United States have now won a record fourth Women's World Cup title, and their second in a row... while Netherlands head home having come short on the day.
Following a fairly level first half, the United States came out after the break and started to take control of the match. Despite that, the Americans still could not find a way past Van Veenendaal until the hour mark, when a high boot was called on Van der Gragt in the penalty area. After a VAR check, the penalty was called and Rapinoe stepped up and finished coolly to open the scoring. From there, the United States drove forward and grabbed their second goal through a fantastic solo effort from Lavelle in the 69th minute. The United States then had many opportunities throughout the remainder of the match, but failed to add another, though they are unlikely to be too bothered as they claimed their fourth Women's World Cup title. As for Netherlands, their tactics were well thought out and worked quite well... until they didn't. As soon as they conceded, the formation changed and eventually, a defender was taken off for an attacking player which was a good idea in theory, but just allowed the United States to control the rest of the match. Despite the loss, Netherlands should be proud of what they accomplished throughout this tournament and they will surely continue to be a force in women's football for the foreseeable future.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: United States 2-0 Netherlands
90' + 5' The final whistle sounds… and THE UNITED STATES ARE WOMEN’S WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!!!
90' + 4' Lavelle plays Lloyd down the right wing and the latter opts to cut inside rather than drifting to the corner, eventually losing the ball.
90' + 2' Morgan and Krieger take turns holding the ball in the corner as the match draws ever nearer its conclusion.
90' There will be five minutes of added time.
89' Roord runs onto a ball on the edge of the box and curls a left-footed shot right of goal that Naeher lets roll out of play for a goal-kick.
C. Lloyd
T. Heath
United States
87' Heath is now withdrawn for Carli Lloyd who, at 36 years old, comes on for what could well be her last ever Women's World Cup match.
86' USA have been pretty wasteful in the final third over the last 10 minutes or so. It's unlikely to hurt them or change the result today, but you'd typically expect better from them.
85' PENALTY SHOUT! Heath split two defenders and then charged into the box where she went down, but the referee views it as a dive and awards a free-kick to Netherlands!
84' After an odd sequence of events that saw Heath dribbling in the Dutch penalty area with very little pressure, the ball is eventually played to press who tries a curling effort that's easily stopped by van Veenendaal.
82' Van de Sanden pulls down Mewis and USA will have a free-kick in their own half.
80' CHANCE! Spitse takes a free-kick with plenty of movement that forced a dive from Naeher but drifted just left of goal! That was close!
C. Press
M. Rapinoe
United States
79' Press comes onto the pitch as Rapinoe, who scored the first goal, receives a hearty ovation from the United States' support.
77' Beerensteyn cuts in from the left and launches a shot from distance that is aimed right at Naeher who catches it. Decent push by the Dutch but they fail to score from it.
76' CHANCE! Dunn cuts into the box, loses her defender, and fires a left-footed effort that van Veenendaal is forced to push behind for a corner!
S. van de Sanden
A. Dekker
73' Change of shape from the Dutch as defender Dekker is replaced by the attacking van de Sanden.
72' USA pushing forward ruthlessly now with Heath and Morgan both having one-on-one opportunities denied by van Veenendaal!
J. Roord
L. Martens
70' Martens, who never seemed at her best today, is replaced on the wing by Roord.
S. Mewis
United States
69' Mewis is awarded the assist for... passing the ball to Lavelle near the centre-circle, and then watching the latter dribble forward, cut the ball onto her left foot, and finish the chance!
R. Lavelle
United States
69' GOOOALLLLL!!!!! THE UNITED STATES DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! On a counter-attack, Lavelle dribbled through the midfield, set up a left-footed shot, and hammered it into the bottom-right corner of goal! What a terrific individual effort from Lavelle! United States 2-0 Netherlands
68' Ertz shrugs van de Donk off the ball in the final third and USA push forward.
65' Miedema goes on an incisive run into the opposing penalty area, but she takes a few too many touches and is closed down by the defence. She looked a bit goal-shy there.
63' That goal was the 25th of the tournament for USA, the most ever by a nation in a single edition of this competition!
M. Rapinoe
Penalty Goal
United States
61' GOOALLLL!!!! THE UNITED STATES OPEN THE SCORING! Rapinoe stepped up from the spot and slotted it past van Veenendaal, who never moved, into the bottom-right corner of goal! Now, with the lead in hand, can they hold on to win their second consecutive Women's World Cup title? United States 1-0 Netherlands
S. van der Gragt
Yellow Card
60' With the penalty now called, van der Gragt is shown yellow for a high boot.
60' PENALTY! After checking the monitor, the referee runs back onto the pitch and points to the spot! USA will have a chance to open the scoring!
59' PENALTY SHOUT! There's a high boot in the penalty area that makes contact with Morgan who then goes to ground in the penalty area... and this one will be reviewed by VAR!
58' Two Dutch players down on the pitch at the moment but no fouls are called and play continues.
56' The United States only have 10 players at the moment as Sauerbrunn continues to be attended to off the pitch.
54' Play halts as Sauerbrunn is down on the pitch with blood trickling down her face.
52' Dunn tries her luck from range, but her effort was always headed wide of goal and failed to trouble van Veenendaal.
51' Krieger drags down Bloodworth and the former is called for the foul.
49' Groenen badly misplays a ball forward that was seemingly intended for Miedema.
47' Ertz hits a header wide of goal off of a corner. That was a decent cross that the former defender just couldn't direct on goal.
46' The referee's whistle sounds once more, and this match is back underway!
A. Krieger
K. O'Hara
United States
46' O'Hara, after her head injury at the end of the first half, is replaced by Ali Krieger heading into the second.
With the Women's World Cup title resting on a knife-edge, it will be interesting to see how these sides approach the second half. The United States have had several meaningful opportunities thus far, but have not yet been able to capitalise. With Lloyd and Press both on the bench, there are certainly plenty of other attacking options that coach Jillian Ellis to turn to if her side fail to score soon. As for Netherlands, if they want to fully commit to the counter-attack, the addition of van de Sanden would be a wise one as her pace would likely cause issues for the opposing defence as legs start to tire.
This match has been absolutely fascinating despite the lack of goals. Some of the passing and execution has been a little sloppy, but the tactics have been the story thus far with the Dutch changing their shape multiple times to adapt to the pressure applied by the United States thus far. The latter have been able to get forward plenty regardless but, even when they've gotten clear opportunities, they’ve been unable to find a way past van Veenedaal who has already made four excellent saves. With the Americans' getting forward so frequently though, space has opened up behind them which Beerensteyn, who is now playing up front, and Miedema have taken advantage of on the counter. It's hard to say who will have the advantage heading into the second half, but we should be in for a delightful, if not dizzying, finish to this final!
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: United States 0-0 Netherlands
45' + 4' Netherlands have a couple of half-chances, but neither find the back of the net and that will do it for the first half.
45' + 3' Spitse finds space outside the penalty area and launches a shot that's blocked behind for a Netherlands corner.
45' + 2' Both players are back up on their feet and seem willing, and potentially able, to continue.
45' + 1' An aerial collision between O'Hara and Martens sees both immediately drop to the floor as the trainers run onto the pitch.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
43' Van Lunteren tries a half-hearted shot from range that drifts well right of goal, never troubling Naeher.
A. Dahlkemper
Yellow Card
United States
41' Dahlkemper is shown yellow after taking Beerensteyn down from behind, and the former is lucky that Sauerbrun was back as well or that could have been red!
41' CHANCE! Morgan whips a left-footed effort towards the bottom-right corner of goal... but van Veenendaal gets down quickly to push it wide and behind for a corner!
40' USA are really applying the pressure as we draw nearer to half-time.
38' DOUBLE SAVE! Van Veenendaal stands tall and saves attempts from Mewis and Morgan, keeping her side level!
37' PENALTY SHOUT! Morgan goes down in the box under pressure from Bloodworth but the referee sees nothing wrong with it and awards a USA corner instead!
36' Netherlands have switched to a 4-2-3-1 as Beerensteyn now tips the attack with Miedema sitting behind.
34' The United States have the early advantage in possession having held the ball for 61.1 per cent of this match thus far.
32' O'Hara dribbles past a defender near the byline, whips in a cross, and it's knocked behind by van Lunteren for a USA corner.
30' Sauerbrunn seems fine to continue and play starts back up again.
29' Play stops as Sauerbrunn receives medical attention, and all of the other players use it as an impromptu water break.
28' CHANCE! From a corner, Ertz attempted a right-footed volley from inside the box that van Veenendaal just managed to push away! Fantastic strike from the American.
26' A lofted through ball is played forward to Beerensteyn who had beaten the USA back line, but Naeher came off her line early and cleared the ball away to safety.
25' USA take a quick throw towards Morgan that is knocked away by Netherlands for another throw-in.
23' Dunn sends a cross to Mewis in the box, but van Veenendaal is wise to it and plucks the ball out of the air without too much trouble.
21' A pass that was lofted wide to Rapinoe has too much speed for the winger and bounces out for a Dutch throw.
20' USA continue to get forward at will, though a quality final ball has eluded them thus far.
18' Rapinoe is shrugged off the ball in the final third and she appeals to the referee for a foul, but the latter is not swayed.
16' A long ball is played over the top to Rapinoe down the left where the latter's cross was then blocked behind by van Lunteren. Corner to USA.
14' Now that we've completed the 13th minute of play without a goal, Netherlands have kept USA scoreless longer than any other team at this tournament.
12' Naeher comes off her line to claim a through ball that had been intended for Beerensteyn. The pass from Groenen was just a little too heavy.
S. Spitse
Yellow Card
10' Spitse goes hard and late into the legs of Lavelle, and is shown the first yellow card of this match.
9' After a failed move forward, the ball is passed back to the USA defence who slow things down after a frenetic start to this match.
7' Very little happening in the middle of the pitch thus far with both sides opting for more direct attacks up the wings.
5' After a driving run by Martens down the left channel, the ball is eventually lofted to Beerensteyn who couldn't control it and USA push upfield.
3' Dunn tries to slip Rapinoe into the box but the pass is cut out by the Dutch and cleared. USA already having no issues getting forward.
2' For those interested, the United States are wearing all white, while Netherlands don their all-orange strip.
1' Referee Stephanie Frappart blows her whistle, and the Women’s World Cup final is underway!
Both nations are out on the pitch as the national anthems ring around the Groupama Stadium! Not long to go until kick-off now!
The United States make their record fifth appearance in the Women’s World Cup final today, while Netherlands play in the title match for the first time.
Just one change for Netherlands after their 1-0 extra time win against Sweden as Dekker replaces van Dongen in defence. The nice surprise for the Dutch supporters, though, will be the inclusion of star Lieke Martens. The winger has been dealing with a toe injury in the latter stages of this tournament and, despite being forced off in the Sweden match because of it, has recovered enough to start this match. If Netherlands are to win their first ever Women’s World Cup title they will need both Martens, and Miedema to be at their best.
The United States make two changes after their 2-1 win against England in the semi-finals. Horan and Press both drop to the bench with Mewis and Rapinoe coming into the starting XI. The latter is, of course, the main storyline as she has been a massive presence for USA both on, and off the pitch in France. Few players have been as impactful at this tournament as Rapinoe leads her team in assists (three), and has also scored more goals than any other midfielder at this tournament (five). If she can increase either tally today, the United States will have an excellent chance of retaining their crown.
Netherlands (4-3-3): Sari van Veenendaal; Desiree van Lunteren, Stefanie van der Gragt, Dominique Bloodworth, Anouk Dekker; Jackie Groenen, Sherida Spitse, Danielle van de Donk; Lineth Beerensteyn, Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens.
United States substitutes: Ashlyn Harris, Tierna Davidson, Christen Press, Jessica McDonald, Lindsey Horan, Ali Krieger, Emily Sonnett, Allie Long, Mallory Pugh, Adrianna Franch, Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian.
United States (4-3-3): Alyssa Naeher; Kelley O’Hara, Abby Dahlkemper, Becky Sauerbrunn, Crystal Dunn; Rose Lavelle, Julie Ertz, Samantha Mewis; Tobin Heath, Alex Morgan, Megan Rapinoe.
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This final should be a fantastic one as it pits the United States, reigning Women’s World Cup champions, against Netherlands who currently hold the European title.
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