The United States Women’s National Team retained the FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time after a 2-0 win over a resolute Netherlands in Lyon.

The first shot on goal didn’t come until the 27th minute when a volley from midfielder Julie Ertz was parried away by the Dutch keeper Sari van Veenendaal.

Alex Morgan and Sam Mewis came close to breaking the deadlock late in the first half, but Van Veenendaal made several superb saves to keep the sides level.

The USWNT were awarded a penalty on the hour-mark after a VAR review showed that Morgan was clipped by Stefanie van der Gragt, who was booked for the foul. Megan Rapinoe then stepped up and converted from the spot.

Rose Lavelle doubled the USWNT’s lead less than 10 minutes later after a fine individual run wasn’t closed down by the Dutch defence before she drove the ball past Van Veenendaal with a powerful finish.

Netherlands made drastic changes to their formation, but it would lead to more chances for their opponents, only for Van Veenendaal to cement her spot as the standout performer by making key saves when required.

In the end, the latter stages of the game were comfortable for the USWNT as they won the trophy for the fourth time, but Netherlands will hold their heads high after reaching their first ever World Cup final.

Here are the player ratings for both teams: