Women's World Cup • Final 
 
    
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Commentary by Carrie Dunn
Highlights 
  
  • Matches
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Well, what a tournament, and what a final. Thanks for your company over the past month, and especially tonight. Goodnight!

 
 
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The USA team make a guard of honour for the Japan team as they proceed up to the platform to collect their medals.

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Short corner from Holiday, and it comes to nothing. There's an audible groan from the crowd - apparently they're not satisfied with five, they want a Wambach goal added on the top.

 
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Neat defending from Klingenberg, dispossessing in her own penalty area, and launching another counter.

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Absolutely chaos in the USA box as the two teams trade blows before Becky Sauerbrunn of all people begins a break.

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The free kick from Holiday skims through the entire box and out for a throw. Disappointing.

 
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Booking for Sawa as she takes down Wambach from behind, lifting her ankles from underneath her. So much for that display of respect a couple of minutes ago.

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Solo comes out to punch a free kick and takes Utsugi's skull with it. No penalty.

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The USA crowd are thrilled at the very sight of Wambach. Carli Lloyd hands over the captain's armband.

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Aya Miyama closes down Hope Solo again - she's working really hard and shows that Japan aren't letting this go just yet.

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Firm challenge from Sawa on Morgan Brian, but the USA have the advantage and continue to break.

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And there's a brilliant chance for Japan! Ogimi leaps for a free header after making a great run and shrugging off the USA defence, but that's straight into Solo's arms.

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Incidentally, watching the response to this match on social media has been amazing. Once more, the excitement factor of this tournament has been cranked right up, and it's luring in casual viewers.

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Corner to Japan. Solo punches it but Sakaguchi's return ball is loose and out for a goal kick.

 
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53,341 in BC Place for this Women's World Cup final - not as high as some of the Canada games.

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The final ball drops to O'Hara, another one left unmarked, and she skews that high over the bar.

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Another USA corner. They're not so quick to take this, although it seems rather early to start running the clock down.

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Great lay-off from Sawa to Ogimi who lets a terrific shot fly - Solo has it covered, but the referee has already given a free kick against the Japan legend.

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There are reports of forest fires in Vancouver, and apparently the smoke can be smelled from BC Place. What a peculiar day.

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And as if Carli Lloyd hasn't done enough damage to Kaihori today, she goes in on a 50-50 challenge with her and stands on her. They're both fine.

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Hilariously, a lot of England players and fans are now boarding their flights back to the UK, and are upset they'll have to wait another nine hours to find out the final score.

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And now Alex Morgan has so much space and time to turn in the box again! She's right in the middle and she fires her shot through the Japan defence - just wide again.

 
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Good chance on the volley for Utsugi! Just on the edge of the box and a touch wide - Solo is reaching for that.

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And Megan Rapinoe departs the action, with Kelley O'Hara getting a chance to enjoy the fun.

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Both teams are crashing in the shots now - USA want to assert their dominance, Japan are just getting desperate.

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GOAL! The USA's fifth corner of the game leads to their fifth goal. Nobody bothers marking Carli Lloyd again, Kaihori does badly with the corner, and Brian taps back at the far post for Tobin Heath to score in the centre.

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The Japan players are crowding the USA players when they're on the attack. It makes me expect a foul, or just a flukey penalty, based on the history of this tournament.

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GOAL! And that's in! Off Julie Johnston! And Japan are making this very interesting. What a goal-line bundle as Hope Solo scurries across and can't claw that out.

 
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Good to see Kaihori make that save - it's not been a good day at the office for her so far.

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Krieger and Holiday both have shots block, and the USA are knocking on the door again.

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Japan are putting their foot in, certainly, now. Maybe too little too late, though, as the USA start to build another break.

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Half-time. Well. Only one minute of stoppage time, and enough breathing space now for us all to regroup.

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We're winding down before half-time, and Japan are stroking it about beautifully in the middle of the field. Not going to get any goals from there, though. Unless you're Carli Lloyd.

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I wonder what kind of team talk Coach Sasaki is going to give at half-time. It seems so strange to see Japan - who have been so technically competent throughout, and not scored or conceded many - so far adrift here.

 
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After all the penalty and officiating controversies we've had so far this tournament, we don't need one in the final to restore the USA's four-goal advantage.

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Morgan slips in the area and although the crowd scream for a penalty kick, the referee isn't giving that. Just as well, really, for all possible reasons.

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Japan certainly looking better since the introduction of Sawa, although that's also since they got their goal back.

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Exciting to see what Sawa can manage. This is her record-equalling sixth World Cup - can she create some magic and get Japan back into this before half-time?

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Japan are fired up now. Kawasumi heads it across at the far post and Miyama's shot is held well by Solo.

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Ogimi does well to turn Johnston in the box to create the space for her shot, which she puts past Hope Solo.

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A SAVE! Well done, Kaihori. Morgan goes on a run by herself down the left, and the goalkeeper manages to hold.

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Sameshima decides she might as well have a shot from outside the box seeing as they're not getting anywhere near the goal.

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And it's very strange to see the USA play like this now - they were very poor at the start of the tournament.

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Well, this is very odd so far. Japan and their tight, composed game plan have entirely disappeared.

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Lloyd is firing - her header is just a yard wide after a good cross in from Klingenberg on the left.

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GOAL! Sorry, I was just writing up that brilliant goal, when Carli Lloyd spotted Kaihori off her line and chipped her from the halfway line just as the clock ticked over to 16.

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GOAL! What a great finish from Lauren Holiday! More defensive errors from Japan...

 
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Japan's strength is their one-touch passing but they've not managed to even get their foot on the ball yet. Here it takes three of them to dispossess Rapinoe, but the referee gives a foul anyway.

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GOAL! And literally nobody is anywhere near Carli Lloyd. Why is this? Absolutely ridiculous. Again she's on the run from the edge of the box, and the ball pings across into the middle and that's a simple tap-in.

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Jill Ellis is drinking out of her water bottle but that doesn't conceal her smirk.

 
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GOAL! Rapinoe takes a really odd corner, driving it low and fast along the floor, and Carli Lloyd just comes powering in to the box and flicks it home.

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Klingenberg and Rapinoe combine down the left. They switch flanks before Brian loses her footing, but the USA win their first corner of the day.

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Bad first touch from Morgan but the attack is met with excited squeals from the crowd.

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The word is that around 90 per cent of the folk in BC Place are cheering on the USWNT this afternoon.

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Same team for the USA, who played their best game of the tournament in the semi-final against Germany.

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TEAMS: USA - Solo, Sauerbrunn, Lloyd, Krieger, Holiday, Morgan, Brian, Rapinoe, Heath, Johnston, Klingenberg /// Japan - Kaihori, Iwashimizu, Kumagai, Sameshima, Sakaguchi, Miyama, Kawasumi, Ohno, Utsugi, Ogimi, Ariyoshi

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Good evening, all, and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Women's World Cup final - USA v Japan. Who gets a new star on their shirts?