The United States Women have won the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
A first half hat-trick from Carli Lloyd had given the Americans an early lead over opponents Japan, and Lauren Holiday added one more as USA netted 4 of their first 5 shots on target.
The US added another one after the break, and recorded a comfortable 5-2 victory over their Asian counterparts.
The trophy was a first for record international scorer Abby Wambach, and a record third for the United States.
Japanese coach Norio Sasaki, spoke of his admiration of Lloyd, who had been the x-factor 3 years ago when both sides met at the Finals of the London Olympics.
“She always does this to us,” Sasaki said after the game. “We are a bit embarrassed. She is an excellent player. I really respect and admire her.”
Lloyd’s 3 goals took her tally for the tournament to 6, winning her the Golden Ball for the tournament’s most outstanding player.