U.S. Wins Women's World Cup: United States 5-2 Japan

A fantastic start helped United States secure the Women's World Cup title with a convincing win over Japan.

Carli Lloyd led the United States to its first Women's World Cup title in 16 years, scoring a hat trick in a 5-2 thrashing of Japan on Sunday.

Lloyd netted a first-half hat trick at BC Place in Vancouver as the U.S. clinched its third World Cup title. It included a remarkable goal from the halfway line as Jill Ellis' team dominated, with Lauren Holiday also scoring as the Americans went 4-0 up inside 16 minutes.

Lloyd joined England hero Geoff Hurst (1966) as the only players to net trebles in World Cup finals.

A Yuki Ogimi goal and Julie Johnston own goal gave Japan hope, but Tobin Heath netted to seal the USA's win.

Reigning world champion Japan was left to rue its defending from set-pieces, and the U.S. made it pay early on.

Lloyd led the way and her team was irresistible in the opening stages in Vancouver. Itmade an incredible start with four goals in the first 16 minutes, including her hat trick.

Lloyd struck in the third minute, meeting a Megan Rapinoe corner with a powerful side-footed effort.

It was 2-0 moments later and again from a set-piece, this time Lloyd scrambling in from close range. The Americans' impeccable start continued when Holiday volleyed in expertly after a poor clearance in the 14th minute. 

Lloyd provided the highlight to complete her hat trick two minutes later. Preparing to launch a counter-attack, the midfielder instead opted to shoot from halfway after spotting Ayumi Kaihori off her line. The goalkeeper scrambled desperately but, as she fell, Kaihori could only get a hand on the shot and see it go in off the post.

If Japan had any hopes of a comeback, it needed to strike at least once before halftime. It pulled a goal back in the 27th minute through Ogimi, who took a pass from Nahomi Kawasumi before curling a fine effort past Hope Solo.

The comeback continued with Japan's second goal seven minutes into the second half, as Johnston headed past her own keeper Solo to make it 4-2.

But a set piece would prove to be Japan's undoing once more soon after. Kaihori could only punch a corner to the back post and Morgan Brian cutback for Heath to strike and seal the win and the title.

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