The final game, what an atmosphere in the stadium. The USA are FIFA Women’s World Champions for the third time after 1991 and 1999. In the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ they defeated Japan 5:2.
With three goals in the first 16 minutes, Carli Lloyd quickly set the course for victory. Driven by the majority of the fans at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, the U.S. ladies didn’t want to lose any time and took the lead through Lloyd in the third minute. Only two minutes later, the number 10 doubled the lead after a set piece to 2:0 (5.). Japan could not recover and conceded the 3-0 (14th minute) by Lauren Holiday, before Lloyd scored again with a shot from the middle line to make it 4:0 (16th minute). Yuki Ogimi got the Nadeshiko one back and a little bit of hope in the 27th minute. It was only the second goal against Hope Solo in this tournament. She was able to keep a clean sheet for a period of 540 minutes before that. After the break, the game kept the pace. Julie Johnston’s own goal brought Japan to 4:2 (52nd), but Tobin Heath restored the former lead only two minutes later. It went back and forth quickly, but the USA didn’t give up control. The Asians tried everything but found only a few gaps in the defence of their opponents or were denied by Solo.