Megan Rapinoe struck a 61st-minute penalty before Rose Lavelle netted a fine solo goal as the United States beat Netherlands 2-0 to become Women’s World Cup winners for the fourth time.Reign FC forward Rapinoe plundered her sixth goal of the tournament to ensure Jill Ellis’ side successfully defended their title at the expense of a Netherlands team that fought bravely to overcome their underdogs tag but ultimately came up short.The goal, which came after a VAR review highlighted Stefanie van der Gragt’s foul on Alex Morgan, drew Rapinoe level with Morgan and England’s Ellen White in the goalscoring stakes, while Netherlands forward Lieke Martens cut a frustrated figure as the Dutch struggled to create chances. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Lavelle provided the best moment of an entertaining clash in Lyon when she carried the ball from the centre circle to the edge of the box before producing a classy finish, the quality of which reflected everything crowds at this World Cup have come to expect from its dominant team.The European champions certainly played their part but, perhaps fittingly after a tournament marked by the use of technology, the contest hinged on a challenge that might have gone unnoticed without it.Stepping up when it matters the most #LaGrandeFinale | #USANED pic.twitter.com/beM7wlftxV— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) July 7, 2019Sherida Spitse was booked for a late sliding challenge on Lavelle in a cagey opening spell that saw the United States fail to score inside the opening 12 minutes of a game for the first time at this year’s tournament.The USA struggled to break down a compact Dutch defence until Julie Ertz thundered a volley towards goal after 28 minutes but Sari van Veenendaal was equal to it, parrying the ball away from danger.Van der Gragt’s superb interception prevented Morgan from latching onto a long ball forward and Van Veenendaal then made two excellent saves to deny the forward before Netherlands ended a battling first-half performance with a dangerous spell of pressure.Netherlands continued to frustrate USA until Van der Gragt’s high challenge on Morgan prompted a VAR review and, after a penalty was correctly awarded, Rapinoe side-footed the ensuing spot-kick low to Van Veenendaal’s left and into the net.Vivianne Miedema tore through the USA defence with a mazy dribble but could not get her shot away and moments later Lavelle provided a finishing lesson, making space for herself on the edge of Netherlands’ box before stroking a left-footed shot into the corner of the net.Van Veenendaal made an excellent save to deny Crystal Dunn when the left-back burst clear but there was no time for her team-mates to mount a comeback as the world champions deservedly secured back-to-back titles. Key Opta Facts- Netherlands have now lost their last seven matches against the United States in all competitions by an aggregate score of 24-2.- USA attacker Megan Rapinoe is just the second player in history to start three Women’s World Cup finals (2011, 2015, 2019) after Germany’s Birgit Prinz (1995, 2003, 2007).- The USA scored 26 goals at the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the most by a team at a single tournament in the competition’s history.- The USA’s Megan Rapinoe became the first player to score a penalty in a Women’s World Cup final, as well as being the oldest scorer in a final (34 years and two days).- This was a 12th consecutive victory at the Women’s World Cup for the USA – the longest run in the history of the FIFA World Cup (men’s and women’s).- Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal made eight saves – the most by a goalkeeper in a knockout game at the 2019 Women’s World Cup. read more
Bhopal: BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya Saturday expressed ignorance about the party issuing any show-cause notice to his MLA son Akash for assaulting a civic official with a cricket bat in Indore last month.There have been contrasting statements by party leaders on the notice. While Madhya Pradesh BJP president had Thursday said that no decision was taken on the matter, a senior national leader had asserted that a notice was issued. When asked Saturday whether any such notice has been issued to the MLA, Satyendra Bhushan Singh, office secretary of the state BJP, said, “Nothing like that, at least in my knowledge.” Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The issue of imminent action against Akash came up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday disapproved of his conduct and language. BJP leaders have feigned ignorance whether any notice has been served to Akash asking him to explain his conduct. Akash had assaulted an official of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on June 26 during an argument over razing of a dilapidated building, which was caught on camera. He is currently out on bail. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”I don’t know about it. I (just) reached here (Bhopal) from Delhi but I read in newspapers that Akash was served something,” Kailash Vijayvargiya told reporters when asked about the show-cause notice against his son. In reply to a question whether he scolded Akash over the incident, the Vijayvargiya senior said that he had done whatever he was supposed to do as a father. “Dantna (reprimanding) and ‘samjhana’… I don’t want to discuss it publicly,” he added. When asked about Akash not seen in public after the prime minister’s statement, his father said, “Ask him. He will be here to attend the state Assembly session (on July 8).” After his release from jail, Akash was given a hero’s welcome by some BJP workers. Though he remained unapologetic over the act, Akash had said that he would try to follow Mahatma Gandhi’s path of non-violence while raising public issues in future.