Japan's Saki Kumagai (L) and USA's Carli Lloyd vie for the ball during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final between the USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 5, 2015.
Japan's Saki Kumagai (L) and USA's Carli Lloyd vie for the ball during the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup final between the USA and Japan at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO - Nicholas Kamm

USA celebrates World Cup win over Japan

A STUNNING 13-minute hat-trick by captain Carli Lloyd helped the USA thrash Japan 5-2 in the final of the women's World Cup in Vancouver.

Two goals in the first five minutes by the 32-year-old shocked the titleholders, but Lloyd wasn't finished there. After Lauren Holliday made it 3-0 with a volley past Japanese keeper Ayumi Kaihori in the 14th minute, Lloyd completed her hat-trick just two minutes later with an extraordinary goal from half-way after spotting the keeper off her line.

Lloyd's third-minute opener was the fastest goal in a women's World Cup final, and her hat-trick - the first in a World Cup decider - made her the tournament's equal top scorer with Germany's Celia Sasic on six.

The 2011 winners clawed their way back into the game thanks to a Yuki Ogimi strike after 27 minutes, and a Julie Johnston own goal early in the second half, but Tobin Heath made it 5-2 before 60 minutes had elapsed. Both sides had several more good scoring opportunities, but the USA was able to hang on to become the first team to win three World Cups.


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