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Jul 6, 2015

Lloyd hits stunning hat-trick as U.S. lead Japan 4-1

VANCOUVER, (Reuters) – United States captain Carli Lloyd scored a sensational hat-trick, including a goal from the half-way line, as the United States roared to a shock 4-1 lead at half-time in the Women’s World Cup.

No team had ever scored more than two goals in a Women’s World Cup final but the brilliant Lloyd went one better all by herself and within just 16 minutes.

Jul 5, 2015

U.S and Japan unchanged, Wambach starts on bench

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States and Japan named unchanged starting lineups for their Women’s World Cup final clash at BC Place on Sunday.

U.S coach Jill Ellis left all-time top scorer Abby Wambach on the bench for the third straight game and started with Alex Morgan as a lone striker.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-U.S and Japan unchanged, Wambach starts on bench

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan named unchanged starting lineups for their Women’s World Cup final clash at BC Place on Sunday.

U.S coach Jill Ellis left all-time top scorer Abby Wambach on the bench for the third straight game and started with Alex Morgan as a lone striker.

Jul 5, 2015

With Blatter no show, Hayatou to present trophy at women’s final

VANCOUVER, (Reuters) – Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, one of FIFA’s vice-presidents, will present the Women’s World Cup trophy to the winners on Sunday in the absence of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a spokesman for the governing body said.

Blatter, the head of the scandal-hit governing body is not in Vancouver for the game between the United States and Japan. The 79-year-old Blatter conceded in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag published on Sunday that his first non-appearance at a Women’s World Cup final was linked to concerns over investigations into the scandal.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-With Blatter no show, Hayatou to present trophy at women’s final

VANCOUVER, July 5 (Reuters) – Cameroonian Issa Hayatou, one of FIFA’s vice-presidents, will present the Women’s World Cup trophy to the winners on Sunday in the absence of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, a spokesman for the governing body said.

Blatter, the head of the scandal-hit governing body is not in Vancouver for the game between the United States and Japan.

Jul 5, 2015

U.S coach praises Japan for bringing possession into play

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – Japan’s World Cup victory four years ago with a possession style approach was a turning point for the women’s game that will be reflected in Sunday’s final, according to United States head coach Jill Ellis.

Japan became the first Asian team to win the World Cup when they defeated the U.S on penalties in the final having despatched traditional European powers Germany and Sweden.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-U.S coach praises Japan for bringing possession into play

VANCOUVER, July 4 (Reuters) – Japan’s World Cup victory four years ago with a possession style approach was a turning point for the women’s game that will be reflected in Sunday’s final, according to United States head coach Jill Ellis.

Japan became the first Asian team to win the World Cup when they defeated the U.S on penalties in the final having despatched traditional European powers Germany and Sweden.

Jul 4, 2015

Wambach not looking beyond Sunday’s World Cup final

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – United States striker Abby Wambach will definitely play her final World Cup game in Sunday’s final against Japan but on Friday would not be drawn on her plans for after the tournament.

The 35-year-old forward, who has scored a record 183 goals in 247 international appearances, said at the outset of the tournament that this would be her last World Cup.

Jul 4, 2015

Soccer-Wambach not looking beyond Sunday’s World Cup final

VANCOUVER, July 3 (Reuters) – United States striker Abby Wambach will definitely play her final World Cup game in Sunday’s final against Japan but on Friday would not be drawn on her plans for after the tournament.

The 35-year-old forward, who has scored a record 183 goals in 247 international appearances, said at the outset of the tournament that this would be her last World Cup.

Jul 4, 2015

Analysis: World Cup final represents classic clash of styles

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – The United States and Japan may be familiar foes but that doesn’t make Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final any less of a tactical conundrum for both teams with the game a classic clash of styles.

The defending world and Asian champions play a clever, short-passing, possession game while the rival Americans rely more on their athleticism, individual flair and power in the final third.

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