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U.S. Women’s Soccer Team wins World Cup for the 4th time in a row

The U.S. women’s soccer team claimed its fourth Women’s World Cup title today, beating a valiant Netherlands team 2-0, in Lyon, France. Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle scored second-half goals for the United States, who needed more than an hour to solve a tenacious defensive effort by the Netherlands. Rapinoe scored first with a penalty kick in the 61st minute, and Lavelle sealed the victory with a driving run up the center in the 69th.

“It’s surreal,” Rapinoe said of repeating as champions. “I don’t know how to feel. It’s ridiculous.”

Throughout this World Cup, the U.S. women had a lead going into halftime of every match they had played. They had never been held scoreless in the first half. It took an hour of game time before Megan Rapinoe broke the scoreless tie for the U.S. on a penalty kick.

This is only the second time the Netherlands team has appeared in the Women’s World Cup. In 2015, they were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Japan – which was, in turn, beaten by the U.S. in 2015 final.

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