USA and the Netherlands Battle to See Who Wins the 2019 Women’s World Cup
The 2019 FIFA World Cup has been a widely successful tournament, showcasing some of the best talent in the women’s game. The final is a transatlantic affair, as the USA and the Netherlands face off for the biggest prize in women’s football.
The final showdown takes place on Sunday, July 7. The Women’s World Cup USA vs. Netherlands matchup is set to be played on the same day as the 2019 Copa America final, as well as the Gold Cup final. Nitrogen Sports Blog breaks down the highly anticipated matchup below.
USA vs Netherlands
The USA made it to their third straight World Cup final after seeing off England in a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the semifinals round.
England defender Steph Houghton missed a penalty in the final moments for the Lionesses, so Alex Morgan’s strike (and her tea-sipping celebration) proved to be the difference in a tight game and one that wrote the first part of the USA vs. Netherlands World Cup Final script.
The US are aiming to join Germany as the only team in history to win two World Cup finals in a row. Having beaten England and hosts France enroute to the final, the U.S will likely have little to fear considering how their opposition played in their semi final.
Winger Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle are carrying slight knocks for the Americans, but the former should be able to recover in time for the USA vs. Netherlands World Cup Final.
The Dutch women were visibly tired during their second half against Sweden, and further wilted after extra time.
Even so, the Netherlands are the reigning champions in Europe, and they beat Sweden by a 1-0 scoreline to book their spot in the USA vs. Netherlands World Cup Final showcase in Paris.
The Netherlands scored a dramatic late goal in the 99th minute of extra time courtesy of Jackie Groenen, booking their first ever place in the World Cup finals.
They’re seen as heavy underdogs compared to the star-studded USA side, but they are on a 12-match winning streak in major tournaments. This includes their triumph in Euro 2017, and anything can happen over 90 minutes.
It’s an astonishing progression for a team that had never played in a major international tournament before 2009.
It’s unlikely that they’ll do the unthinkable against the best women’s team in the world, and the head-to-head stats (1W and 6L) are heavily skewed in favour of the US.
The US Women’s National Team isn’t the only US Soccer team that’s about to compete for a title on Sunday, as Christian Pulisic and company will also be going for the championship against Mexico at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Speaking of which, that game is part of our #NitrogenGameThread contest, which you can check out and join for a chance to win BTC*.
What can be more interesting than a USA vs. Netherlands World Cup Final showdown? It pits the current World Cup champions against the best team in Europe. It can’t get any better than that.
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