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USWNT wins 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup
Megan Rapinoe won the Golden Ball and Golden Boot
The U.S. women's national team celebrates winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Richard Martin/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports)
The U.S. women's national team celebrates winning the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup. (Photo credit: Richard Martin/Presse Sports via USA TODAY Sports)

Reign FC midfielder Megan Rapinoe scored her sixth goal of the tournament in the 61st minute. Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle followed that with her third in the 69th minute. The U.S. women’s national team broke a 0-0 deadlock in the second half with two goals and beat the Netherlands 2-0 to win the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. The win came in front of a sellout crowd of 57,900 fans at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.

Rapinoe won the Golden Ball trophy, awarded to the tournament’s best player. She also won the Golden Boot for top scorer. Lavelle won the Bronze Ball, with England’s Lucy Bronze winning the Silver Ball. Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan won the Silver Boot.

The U.S. is the second team to win back-to-back titles, joining Germany who won in 2003 and 2007. The U.S. is the first country to win four tournaments (1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019).

Rapinoe finished the tournament with six goals and three assists, the same as Morgan, but won the Golden Boot based on having played less minutes than Morgan.

Rapinoe’s goal came from the penalty spot, her third penalty conversion of the tournament. After a VAR review awarded the penalty for a foul on Morgan, Rapinoe stepped to the spot and scored her 50th career goal.

Lavelle took over shortly after, scoring on a brilliant individual effort.

The U.S. were troubled for most of the match by Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal, who made eight saves and went on to win the Golden Glove, awarded to the tournament’s top goalkeeper.

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