USA crowned women's world champions

The final of the Women's World Cup 2015 was held in Vancouver between the United States of America and Japan. In front of a sellout crowd of 53,341, including the American vice president Joe Biden, the United States claimed their third Women's World Cup equalling Germany. 

Within the opening five minutes of the match, Clari Lloyd ran towards the near post to meet a low, driven ball with the outside of her foot. She scored her second only two minutes later, meeting a backheeled assist from defender Julie Johnston. The United States captain Lloyd went on to score a hat-trick recording her name in history books as the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final. Lloyd required only 13 minutes to complete her hat-trick. Lloyd scored a 42-yard screamer for her third. 

Japan found themselves 3-0 down in the 14th minute of the game with the possibility of conceding more. The Japanese failed to test the United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, managing only four shots on target. Japan's second goal came from a Johnston own goal. 

Four years ago, Japan and the United States played out a 2-2 draw in the final. Japan managed to clinch the world title on penalties. As a result of her dominating performances throughout the tournament, Clari Lloyd was also awarded the golden ball for her six goals and one assist. Hope Solo was awarded with the golden glove as the Americans defeated Japan 5-2 to become world champions.

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