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FIFA Women's World Cup Final in Numbers

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Modified 07 Jul 2015, 14:55 IST
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The United States of America beat Japan 5-2 in the final of the 2015 Women’s World Cup, which was held in Canada, with Carli Lloyd scoring a hattrick for the USA. Take a look at the final in numbers.

1 - Carli Lloyd’s opening goal in the third minute is the fastest goal ever scored in a FIFA Women’s World Cup final. It tops the list of quickest goals in a final game of the tournament, which was first held in 1991.

3 - The USA became the first team to win a total of three Women’s World Cup trophies, after winning the inaugural edition in 1991, defeating Norway 2-1 in the final and in 1999, when they prevailed over China on penalties, after a goalless two hours.

5 - The USA goalkeeper, Hope Solo was awarded the Golden Glove trophy after she kept a total of five clean sheets in seven games, conceding just three goals in the process.

7 - The seven-goal thriller is the highest scoring final in the history of the Women’s World Cup. It equals the overall World Cup record, as Brazil defeated Sweden in the final of the 1958 FIFA World Cup final by the same score line.

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16 - It took Carli Lloyd just 16 minutes to complete her hat-trick, as she scored her first two goals in the third and fifth minute, and then completed her hattrick with an astonishing strike from the halfway line in the 16th minute. It is the first hat-trick by a player in the final of the WWC, and also just the second hat-trick in a World Cup final, after Geoff Hurst’s trio in the final of the 1966 World Cup.

40 - 40-year old American legend, Christie Rampone was the oldest player in the tournament. The defender has amassed over 300 caps for the US national team and is a two-time World Cup Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist. She is also the oldest player to have ever played in a Women’s World Cup match and is the second-most capped player in the history of women’s football.

183 - Abby Wambach, who came on as a substitute in the final, is the highest all-time goal scorer in international football history, with 183 goals for her country in 248 appearances. She had never won the World Cup before this triumph, but is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and also won the Ballon D’Or in 2012.

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540 - The USA broke another record, by going the most number of minutes without conceding a goal in the tournament. The team did not let their opponents score for 540 consecutive minutes, as they conceded just three goals over the course of the entire tournament.

20,000,000 - More than 20 million viewers watched the game, with the number starting at 17 million at kickoff, and later increasing to 22.86 million by the time the game came to an end. It broke the record for the most-watched women’s football game, eclipsing the 1999 final between the US and China.

Published 07 Jul 2015, 14:36 IST
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