United States see off the Dutch to win fourth Women's World Cup

US co-captain Carli Lloyd raises the trophy.
US co-captain Carli Lloyd raises the trophy. / EFE
  • Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored a quickfire double in the second half

The United States are World Champions for a fourth time after two second-half goals helped to see off the Netherlands in a close-fought encounter in Lyon on Sunday.

With scores level at half time, it wasn't until a coming together between Barcelona defender Stefanie van der Gragt and Alex Morgan that the deadlock could be broken. With the help of VAR, the US were given a penalty, duly dispatched by Megan Rapinoe in the 61st minute.

The game quickly became more stretched as the Dutch pushed for the equaliser and they were punished once again when Rose Lavelle burst through midfield before firing low past Sari van Veenendaal.

The damage could have been much worse for the European champions but for Van der Gragt who valiantly defended a number of counterattacks as the last line of defence.

But ultimately the greater experience told and the US kept the back door firmly shut, retaining their crown for the first time.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Sweden claimed the bronze medal, beating England by two goals to one in Nice.