VANCOUVER– The United States won the Women’s World Cup for the third time, crushing Japan 5-2 on Sunday with striker Carli Lloyd scoring the competition’s fastest ever hat-trick, including an incredible goal from the half-way line.
The American captain struck three times inside 16 minutes as the united state stormed into an unexpected and unsurmountable 4-0 lead over their shell-shocked opponents.
Japan, winners 4 years ago, were utterly stunned as the UNITED STATE’s deadly finishing guaranteed they contributed to their 1991 and 1999 titles, and became the very first nation to win the Cup 3 times.
The video game, played in front of 53,341 spectators at a stuffed BC Place, was the highest-scoring Women’s World Cup last ever and, for non-Japanese at least, was an amusing ending to exactly what has been an outstanding tournament.
No group had actually ever scored more than 2 goals in a Women’s World Cup last however the great Lloyd went one better all by herself– and within just 16 minutes.
The opener can be found in the 3rd minute when Megan Rapinoe drove a low diagonal ball across the area and Lloyd timed her go to perfection, encountering the ball with a powerful, novice drive past Japan keeper Ayumi Kaihori.
Japan were stunned even more just two minutes later when Lloyd doubled the lead– again from a set-piece.
Another low ball into the box did the damage, this time from a Lauren Vacation free-kick which the Japan defense failed to clear and the ball was up to Lloyd, who happily slotted house.
Japan had barely time to regroup before they found themselves 3-0 down in the 14th minute with a dreadful attempted headed clearance from Azusa Iwashimizu being up to Lauren Vacation, who blasted in a volley from inside the penalty location.
Japan had actually acknowledged as numerous goals in the opening 14 minutes as they had in the entire previous 6 video games of the competition.
Nevertheless, one of the most exceptional goals ever seen in a Women’s World Cup arrived simply 2 minutes later when Lloyd, gathering the ball in her own half, saw Kaihori away her line and shot from 50 yards out, with the clambering Japanese keeper just able to palm the ball onto the post and into the net.
Japan restored a bit of pride in the 27th minute when Yuki Ogimi turned Julie Johnston in the aspect and fired previous Hope Solo to make it 4-1.
The Japanese have been widely commended for their short-passing game but it was an antique path that brought them, temporarily, back into the video game early in the second half.
Aya Miyami’s long free-kick into the box was focuseded on Sawa and Johnston rose for the ball but could only deflect a header past a helpless Solo.
The glimmer of hope flickered for simply two minutes, nevertheless, when a U.S. corner was up to Morgan Brian beyond the far post and she did well to discover Tobin Heath, who confidently fired the home of make it 5-2 and effectively end Japan’s hope of a comeback.