And in the end there are two left. The final of the Women’s World Cup between the United States and the Netherlands (scheduled for Sunday 7 July at 5 pm on Sky and Rai Sport) promises to be a historic occasion also for the intriguing and intertwined plots between stories in stories. In the end, the team holding the trophy and the current European champion arrive to contend for the World Cup: the United States are in their third consecutive final, with a number of players already present four years ago in Canada. Jill Ellis, the coach today as then at the helm of the national team, and precisely on the experience already acquired that she presses as a weapon of strength.
There is an obstacle to the fourth star for the United StatesHolland who reached the first women’s World Cup final in her second overall appearance . Their disruptive rise has been fueled by a golden generation, led by the attack of Vivianne Miedema, Lieke Martens and Shanice van de Sanden.

Who wins the title of top scorer
And just thinking about the exceptional offensive talent of both teams, the final of this eighth edition should be tempting with the infighting to also win the Adidas Golden Boot, the recognition for the top scorer of the tournament: on the one hand there is Alex Morgan with 6 goals and Megan Rapinoe, behind a goal, while for the opponents it is difficult for Miedema, with three goals, to undermine the dreams of the two Americans.

After a Group F dominated far and wide with 18 goals scored and zero conceded and 9 points obtained by beating Sweden, Thailand and Chile, the Americans found themselves on the most insidious and complex side of the board forced to face Spain in the second round, the masters home to France in the quarterfinals and England in the semi-finals . Three matches with three different difficulties resolved with the same result of 2-1. On the contrary, as footballer Danielle van de Donk said, the Oranjeleeuwinnen arrive at this final for the first time in France 2019 as underdogs .after completing Group E with full points, leaving Canada, New Zealand and Cameroon behind and after beating Japan in the round of 16, Italy in the quarterfinals and 1-0 in Sweden in the semifinals. But the team has also repeatedly stated that they have not yet shown their best football in France and will certainly have to do their utmost to beat their top opponents. In their hands there is once again the possibility to amaze the whole world.

How the United States arrive
Jill Ellis has repeatedly stressed to the players the importance of starting every single challenge on the right foot and on the pitch the Americans responded with a surprising data: they scored in the first 12 minutes of each game of this one. World. Megan Rapinoe missed the semi-final due to a hamstring strain and eclectic midfielder Rose Lavelle also injured the same muscle. Even if not 100%, the two players will be available for the final. The United States knows they have long bench strength, with Christen Press and Sam Mewis proving they can replace this duo.

How Holland arrives
There are glimpses of great football. The Netherlands, in this World Cup, showed beautiful triangles between the three midfielders, flashes of speed from Shanice van de Sanden and moments of competitive splendor from Lieke Martens, such as his wonderful goal in the quarter-finals against Italy. And when this team starts rolling, it can be very, very lethal. But cross and joy, relying on individual talents sometimes doesn’t pay off: Shanice van de Sanden has been looking for the best form throughout the tournament, Lieke Martens is working with a foot injury and the starting goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal is off the pitch after having beat Sweden in the semifinal on Wednesday with a swollen hand. The real concern for Oranjeleeuwinnen will be what happens if one or more of its protagonists are not in time to recover.

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