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USA beat Netherlands 2-0 to win 2019 Women's World Cup

A sellout crowd of 57,900 fans that thundered "USA" chants throughout the game turned up at Stade de Lyon to witness the U.S. Women's National Team claim its record fourth FIFA Women's World Cup title with a 2-0 triumph over 2017 UEFA Women's Euro champions the Netherlands.

Megan Rapinoe, who was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament's best player and the Golden Boot as its top scorer with six goals and three assists in 428 minutes played, opened the scoring for the USA in the second half from the penalty spot. Rose Lavelle, who was awarded the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player, scored the USA's second goal of the Final as the USWNT wrote another amazing chapter in the women's soccer history books as the highest scoring team in Women's World Cup history with 26 goals scored. The victory makes the USA only the second nation to successfully defend a World Cup crown.

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Rapinoe powers US into World Cup semis

Inside a packed and sweltering Parc des Princes, the U.S. team battled past 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup host France and into the tournament semifinals with a 2-1 victory in front of 45,595 fans. Megan Rapinoe scored both goals for the Americans, one in each half, as the USA withstood a late France surge to keep their World Cup title hopes on track. The crowd was one of the most electric in Women's World Cup history with the American fans coming out in droves to help push the USA to victory.

The U.S. Women became the only nation to advance to the semifinals of all eight Word Cups that have been contested. Rapinoe's two goals gave her five during the World Cup, tying her for most in the tournament with Alex Morgan.

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World Cup Preview: Who will qualify from the group stage?

The 2018 World Cup is fast approaching and there a numerous top nations in with a chance of winning football's biggest prize. Brazil, Germany and Spain were dominant in qualifying, but can they repeat their form during the group stage in Russia?

We look at each group and predict who will reach the round of 16.

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World Cup Qualifier: Mexico hold USA to a 1-1 draw

Mexico drew 1-1 with the United States in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier at the Estadio Azteca on Sunday evening, inching closer to securing qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The draw means Mexico maintain their six-point lead at the top of the qualifying group ahead of second-placed US and Costa Rica, who are both on eight points, although the latter have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.

Three teams from the CONCACAF region will qualify for next year's World Cup, while the team in the fourth place will play-off against Asia's fifth-placed nation. For the US, the result means they maintained their seven-game unbeaten record, while Mexico also extended their undefeated run to six qualifiers.

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World Cup Qualifiers: Mitrovic cancels out Ramsey strike

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Serbia played a 1-1 draw with Wales in Group D of the 2018 football World Cup European qualifiers at the Rajko Mitic Stadium.

Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey scored from the penalty spot in 35th minute, but Serbian forward Aleksandar Mitrovic equalised in the 73rd minute to ensure a share of the spoils.

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Italy thrash Liechtenstein 5-0 in FIFA World Cup Qualifier

Italy crushed Liechtenstein 5-0 with a superlative second-half display as they kept pace with top-placed Spain in terms of points accumulated in the Group G of the 2018 football World Cup qualifiers.

Lorenzo Insigne on Sunday scored in the first half, while Andrea Belotti, Eder, Federico Bernardeschi and Manolo Gabbiadini blitzed in the second half as the four-time World Cup winners Italy moved to secure 16 points so far from the six-team group. But they are behind 2010 World Cup winners Spain on the basis of goal difference.

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Kane salvages late draw for England against Scotland

England faced a strong challenge from Scotland in their 2018 World Cup qualifier, before Harry Kane salvaged a 2-2 draw for the visitors with a goal in stoppage time.

Scotland on Saturday appeared like they would pull off the upset when Leigh Griffiths rallied the home side with two late free-kick goals past goalkeeper Joe Hart. One in the 87th minute and the other three minutes later.

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