Women’s World Cup Final USA vs Netherlands: All you need to know, As USA sets out to defend its title against a spirited Dutch side, here are some of the biggest talking points ahead of the final of the women’s football show-piece in Lyon on Sunday.
== MATCH INFO ==
World Cup Women 2019
Team : USA vs Netherlands
Date : Sunday, July 7
Start Time : 11:00 Am Et
The United States is one game away from defending its World Cup title and the Netherlands is a game away from its second major win as they take each other on in the finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday.
USA: The defending champion bulldozed its way through the group stage of the tournament, starting with a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand in its WC opener. Sweden and Chile were sterner opponents but succumbed to the fiery American frontline, with the USA beating Chile 3-0 and Sweden 2-0, to set up a round-of-16 tie with Spain.
This fixture was the first real test of the American defence which hadn’t been rattled at all in the group stage. Nevertheless USA took the game 2-1. In its quarterfinal tie against host France, Megan Rapinoe’s heroics helped seal a 2-1 victory.
USA’s hardest fixture was its semifinal against the Lionesses. Going into the game sans Rapinoe, who sat out with a strained hamstring, the title holders scored quickly with Christen Press finding the net. Alex Morgan joined in with her sixth goal of the tournament. Ellen White’s sixth pegged one back for England but was not enough to deny the Americans a victory.
Netherlands: Coming in as the European champion is a lot of pressure but the Dutch have made quick work of their World Cup challenges.
Netherlands began its campaign with a 1-0 victory over New Zealand, and despite seeing its goal breached by a spirited Cameroon side, went on to secure a 3-1 victory over the side as well. A 2-1 win over Canada set up a round-of-16 clash with Japan.
A brace from Lieke Martens saw Netherlands through to quarters with a 2-1 win over the Nadeshiko. The Dutch powered through with a 2-0 win over Italy to meet Sweden in the semifinal. After a stalemate for 99 minutes of the game, Jackie Groenen netted one to give the Dutch the lead and eventually the game.
Golden Boot chance for Alex Morgan? The American co-captain has six goals to her name, level with England’s Ellen White. A goal today will see her lead the goal-scorers table, unless Megan Rapinoe (who has five goals) decides to go berserk.
The final of the World Cup will be held at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais at 8.30pm IST. The match will be televised in India on Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD. Alternatively, fans can also live stream the game on Sony LIV.