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Video: The women's World Cup final had a goal for the ages

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Carli Lloyd after scoring her sensational third goal
Carli Lloyd after scoring her sensational third goal

Carli Lloyd enjoyed the game of her life as the United States beat Japan 5-2 to win the Women's World Cup.

Barely 15 minutes had elapsed when Lloyd put the USA 4-0 up, completing her World Cup final hat-trick with a goal from the halfway line - a career peak surely beyond the dreams of any player, male or female.

Picking the ball up just inside her own half Lloyd launcged the ball over the Japan keeper to effectively kill the contest in the most dramatic way possible.

Lauren Holiday had volleyed the third and though Japan pulled one back through Yuki Ogimi and another when Julie Johnston put through her own goal, Tobin Heath's goal quickly eased any doubts over the result.

Jill Ellis' side thus avenged their defeat in the 2011 final between these sides, to the delight of the majority of the 53,341 crowd in Vancouver.