Women’s World Cup Final : Not that anybody had told Sweden, who came out of the blocks to take the Women’s World Cup bronze medal, after securing a 2-1 win over England at the Stade de Nice on Saturday. It’s the third time that Sweden has secured bronze after winning the third-place playoff games in 1991 and 2011.
The bright start from Sweden, who had lost to the Netherlands in Wednesday’s semifinal, capitalized on England’s sluggish opening as Peter Gerhardsson’s team raced into a two-goal lead in the first half.
The big day is here. After four long years, a three week tournament span of summer has come and gone and we have our two teams meeting in the World Cup final.
The number one FIFA ranked team in the world will take on the European Champions. United States face off against the Netherlands today and no matter the outcome, history will be made.
Should the United States win, they will be the only team to ever win four World Cups, it’d be a symbol of dominance unlike any other ever seen in the highest stage of Women’s Soccer – and it would be done in what many consider to be the most competitive World Cup to date. The USWNT have shown who they are on the biggest stage – their goal scoring prowess, their vibrant celebrations, their defense, their composure, their formations, their squad depth, and more. A failure to lift the cup would be in short, underwhelming.
The U.S. women’s national team has begun its pursuit of a fourth World Cup championship and its second straight title, while the Netherlands is playing in its first final. Neither team has trailed at any point during this World Cup, but the U.S. is heavily favored in this match. Since the Women’s World Cup began in 1991, the Americans have played in five of the eight finals.
Americans Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe are in the race for the Golden Boot, given to the tournament’s top goal-scorer. Morgan enters the final with six goals, five of which came in the opening match against Thailand, while Rapinoe has scored five times. The Netherlands’ top scorer in France is Vivianne Miedema, who comes into the final with three goals.