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Women’s World Cup: U.S. crushes Japan 5-2 to win third title

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The United States won a record third Women’s World Cup with a 5-2 victory Sunday over defending champion Japan in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Midfielder Carli Lloyd scored the first hat-trick in a women’s final to lead the United States, which also won the World Cup in 1991 and 1999.

Lloyd scored in the third, fifth and 16th minute, leaving the 1991 champions stunned.

Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath had the other goals for the United States.

Japan’s Yuki Ogimi scored in the 27th minute, and Japan netted another goal when the U.S. played the ball into its own net in the 52nd minute.

The United States had seven shots on goal, while Japan had four.

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