FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 – Revisiting The Best Moments!
As the 2019 action packed Women’s World Cup comes to an end, it’s time to reflect back on some of the many, cut above the rest moments and goals that made this month of football, truly, an exceptional one!
South Africa got to compete for the first time ever in the world cup championship; and even though the team lost 3-1 to Spain, it was Thembi Kgatlana’s performance at finish that made the match a memorable one.
On the third day of the tournament, a hair-raising free kick that Brazil’s Cristiane performed showcasing a hat trick on opponent, team Jamaica; proved her to be one of the finest players in women’s football history!
Heavily contributing to the victory of a 13-0 win over Thailand was USA’s striker, Alex Morgan who scored a crowd pleasing 5 goals!
Also, performing a rocket of a goal from 20 yards against Jamaica was Aurora Galli, earning her place in this year’s World Cup highlights!
In the quarterfinals match between Norway and England 0-3, the lionesses set the fastest goal in the entire series, landing big game moves just 3 minutes into the match, giving Norway a run for their money.
Sweden saw an emotional match, winning against Germany for the first time in 24 years. Making their way to the last 8 teams standing; they were ultimately defeated by the Dutch in the semi finals.
As matches grew more intense, an outstanding goal by Jackie Groenen was the saving Grace that knocked out opponent Dutch and secured team Netherlands place in the finals against USA!
In the anticipated and nail biting climax, Rose Lavelle, who has been consistent in her technical excellence throughout the tournament, sealed the deal for USA with a fabulous strike; giving her team a 2-0 lead against Netherlands and a gateway to victory!
USA basked in the celebration of winning the championship after all, when the winning goal of the grand finale came from none other than USA’s exceptional team captain, Megan Rapinoe. She also earned both, the Golden Boot Award and the Golden Ball as the tournament’s most valuable player.
The first World Cup Championship was won by the US in 1991. Team player (at the time) Michelle Aker was a shaping force to their victory, scoring two goals. Today, the US have scored a commendable 4 Women’s World Cup titles under their belt: 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019!