The USA take on the Netherlands in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday afternoon, with Jill Ellis’ side heavily fancied to win the tournament for the fourth time, while the Dutch are aiming for a dream first title.
Much of the build-up to the final has been focused on the “tea drinking” celebration of Alex Morgan after she scored what proved to be the winning goal against England.
Some have brandished it as disrespectful, while others have regarded it as a ruthless trait in a team full of people who know how to win.
The 30-year-old skipper is perhaps the most important player in the side – she has scored an incredible 107 goals in 168 appearances for her country and is able to combine ruthless finishing with an excellent all-round game – she can play up front on her own or in a partnership.
Morgan will also be hoping to score for selfish reasons – to enable her to win the Golden Boot.
She is currently tied on six goals with England’s Ellen White, and depending on what happens in the third-place play-off, she may only need one goal to win the individual honour.
The Dutch are rank outsiders for this match and may have to rely on the talents of one player if they are to have any chance of success.
Arsenal forward Vivianne Miedema has scored three times at this World Cup so far, with one of those proving to be the decisive goal in the quarter-finals against Italy.
She is, similarly to Morgan, another lethal goal scorer – she has netted 39 goals in 47 appearances for Arsenal and is one of the stars of the Women’s Super League.
While the Netherlands may be outclassed overall, if Miedema is afforded a chance, she can take it.
Neutrals may not want to see it, but it is hard to look past the USA dominating this game.
They ooze so much class in all areas, possessing a strong defence, a technically adept and energetic midfield and skilful attack.
While they may be in the prime of their careers – 11 of the 23-player squad are 30 or over – they have the right level of know-how to take care of this game, and should win comfortably.
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