USA 5 – 2 Japan


Not a game to turn up late to, this one. I remember watching it at the time and could barely believe what I was seeing. As if scoring a hat trick in a World Cup final wasn’t enough (considering only two humans to have ever existed have done it), Carli Lloyd’s third was lofted in from the half way line. In off the post. I’m struggling to conceive of how much better it can get than that. Oh, wait…claiming the Golden Ball and Goal of the Tournament afterwards will do it, I suppose.