The USA will aim to lift the Women’s World Cup for a fourth time when they face the Netherlands in Sunday’s showdown in Lyon.
The defending champions face the reigning European champions in the final, and will attempt to become only the second nation to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles.
Germany are the only nation to have done so previously – in 2003 and 2007 – and the USA, who clinched the title in Canada four years ago, are favourites to match that feat.
In 2015, the United States went 4-0 up against Japan within 16 minutes before eventually winning a thrilling final 5-2. That was the most-watched football match in US television history.
This year in France, the three-time champions, who are Fifa’s top-ranked nation, have scored in the opening 12 minutes of every match so far, last doing so in their 2-1 victory over England in the semi-finals.
The Netherlands, meanwhile, reached their first final in only their second World Cup after Manchester United midfielder Jackie Groenen scored in extra-time to settle their cagey last-four tie with Sweden.
They are ranked eighth in the world by Fifa and this tournament comes two years after they triumphed at Euro 2017 on home soil. Sunday’s final at Lyon’s 59,000-capacity Groupama Stadium is a sell-out, according to Fifa.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde