Lloyd hat trick leads US over Japan 5-2 for World Cup title
Updated: 2015-07-06 09:30
The United States celebrates after defeating Japan in the final of the FIFA 2015 Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN, July 5, 2015. [Photo/Agencies]
Japan had conceded as many goals in the opening 14 minutes as they had in the entire previous six games of the tournament.
However, one of the most remarkable goals ever witnessed in a Women's World Cup arrived just two minutes later when Lloyd, gathering the ball in her own half, saw Kaihori far off her line and shot from 50 yards out, with the scrambling Japanese keeper only able to palm the ball onto the post and into the net.
"She's just a beast man, she's unbelievable, a rock star. I'm just so happy for her," coach Jill Ellis said of Lloyd.
"I'm just so, so proud of this team and these players, so happy for them, so happy for every little girl who dreams about this. Heck yeah! I'll take this one any day."
Japan restored a little bit of pride in the 27th minute when Yuki Ogimi turned Julie Johnston in the area and fired past Hope Solo to make it 4-1.
The Japanese have been widely praised for their short-passing game but it was an old-fashioned route that brought them, temporarily, back into the game early in the second half.
Aya Miyami's long free-kick was aimed at Sawa in the box and although Johnston rose highest, the American defender's flicked header bounced past a helpless Solo and into the goal via a post.
The glimmer of hope flickered for just two minutes, however, when a US corner fell to Morgan Brian beyond the far post and she did well to find Tobin Heath, who confidently fired home to make it 5-2 and effectively end Japan's hope of a comeback.
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