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Summary

  1. USA win World Cup for the third time
  2. Lloyd completes hat-trick with 50-yard effort
  3. Highest scoring World Cup final
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Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodbye

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So that concludes our live coverage of the 2015 Women's World Cup. Thank you so much for joining us and for all your comments and views. 

We will have full reaction on the BBC Sport website and you can watch all the highlights again and again and again. If you want to, of course. You might not fancy it if you were cheering on Japan.

There is only one way we can leave it. With a picture of the world champions. USA.

USA players celebrate
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#BBCFootball Thanks for the great coverage ! You've done an amazing job ! Thank you 😃 #FIFAWWC2015

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I’m feeling pure elation, I’m so proud of this team and so happy for every little girl that dreams about this. Carli Lloyd, I call her my beast, she is just a beast, a star, I’m so happy for her. Heck yes, this is our best performance and I’ll take this any day.

Jill EllisUSA coach

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As the players celebrate with their fans, one image epitomizes the drive, desire & magnificence of #USA today.

As the players celebrate with their fans, one image epitomizes the drive, desire & magnificence of #USA today.

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Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who used to play for Manchester United, posts on Twitter...

Am so proud of you, Nadeshiko. Entire nation is, again, encouraged by your earnest effort. Thank you, #FIFAWWC15Final

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And now come the family selfies as the USA players run to celebrate with family members. There is going to be a big party in Vancouver tonight. It is going to be lively.

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World champions, Baby. Finally!

USA striker Abby Wambach (who screams into a camera)

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Huge cheers for Canada's Kadeisha Buchanan as she picks up the young player award, but they are overpowered by the reception for Carli Lloyd who picks up the silver boot behind Germany's Celia Sasic, and the golden Ball for the best player of the tournament. With a World Cup winners medal as well, it's not been a bad day's work for Carli.

Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place, Vancouver

The President is happy

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What a win for Team USA! Great game @CarliLloyd! Your country is so proud of all of you. Come visit the White House with the World Cup soon.

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One USA supporter watching is certainly impressed..

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The USA squad have medals around their necks. I said we had gone sentimental.

Can you get more sentimental than USA legends Christie Rampone and Abby Wambach going up together to collect the Women's World Cup trophy? Chants of 'USA, USA, USA' as Wambach and Rampone lift the trophy high in the air.

The ticker-tape falls down on the players and USA are the world champions again.

USA players celebrate with the trophy
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And now the moment USA fans have waited 16 years to see again.

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A nice touch as the USA players perform a guard of honour as the Japanese players go up to collect their silver medals.

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Carli Lloyd poses after winning the Golden Ball award
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They are dragging this out. Now the awards for the best three players of the tournament.

Japan's Aya Miyama gets the bronze ball for being third best, Amandine Henry of France, who is not in Vancouver, is the second best player.

And, drum roll..... the best player of the tournament is USA's hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd. She has just picked up a silver boot and a golden ball in the last two minutes. She will soon have a gold medal as well.

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The officials have collected their medals. Carli Lloyd goes up on her own to receive the silver boot for coming second to Germany's Celia Sasic in the goalscoring charts.

USA goalkeeper Hope Solo then gets a golden glove for being the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

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BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Vancouver.

Massive boos for Caf president Issa Hayatou, who is standing in for under-fire Fifa president Sepp Blatter

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The medals are going to be handed out some time soon. The dignitaries are out on the pitch and USA will soon have their hands on the World Cup trophy for the first time since 1999.

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16 minutes of madness from Japanese defence to gift USA 4 goals.Got skill and technique but USA wanted the final more.congrats #bbcfootball

Finally, what a great job #bbcfootball has done with the #FIFAWWC coverage by bringing the women's game to a new audience #inspireanation

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Japan has a couple of aging players in their squad and I think it is, sadly, a time for a new generation to come through for them.

Rachel YankeyFormer England international on BBC Two

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The USA have grown in every game they have played and it is great to see the younger players performing so well. With what they have, the future is looking really good for them.

Rachel YankeyFormer England international on BBC Two

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Everton and USA goalkeeper Tim Howard.

USA - deserved champions

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USA came into the tournament stating they are going to win it. I love that confidence. They are deserved champions, they were the most consistent team and they just blew Japan away. They made Japan look like a very poor side today.

Natasha DowieLiverpool Ladies and England striker on BBC Two

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From minute one USA took the game to Japan. They were brilliant.

Rachel YankeyEx-England striker on BBC Two

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Sue Smith

Former England forward

Abby Wambach celebrates with the American flag
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You could see what this meant to the US players as soon as the final whistle went. The way they started this game was absolutely phenomenal. The US were quicker and fitter and the way they moved the ball was superb - they thoroughly deserved this win.

USA WIN THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

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United States celebrates
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USA become the first side to win the Women's World Cup three times.

Carli Lloyd scored the quickest goal in a final, before she netted twice more to complete her hat-trick in 16 minutes. Lauren Holiday and Tobin Heath were also on the scoresheet as USA followed up their successes in 1991 and 1999.

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The players have been playing on the best artificial surface and there was some debate before the tournament about the pitches but all the players have just got on with it. We've seen some great goals so I don’t think it’s had too much of an effect.

Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live

INJURY TIME

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Three minutes left. The World Cup is won. Can Abby Wambach get the goal the crowd are wanting?

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Carli Lloyd handed Abby Wambach the captain's armband when she came on. They all know how much this means to her. #FIFAWWC #USA

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Christie Rampone
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It’s amazing, what a great achievement. Playing in a World Cup final at 40 years old.

Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live

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We are getting all sentimental here. As 40-year-old Christie Rampone gets to end her career in a World Cup final. She has won 307 caps. 307. 

She comes off the bench to a great reception from the noisy USA fans. Alex Morgan is the player to come off.

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Abby Wambach
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Abby Wambach's arrival is what was needed at this stage in the game. Hopefully she can get on the scoresheet. It’s great to see her on the pitch. Not starting can have an effect on you and her penalty miss earlier in the tournament may have resulted from not starting games.

Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live

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Hope Solo punches clear
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Jacqui Oatley guessed at 80 minutes for the introduction of legendary USA striker Abby Wambach, a former Women's World Player of the Year.

But Jacqui is a minute out as Wambach comes on, to an ear-splitting shriek from the USA fans, in the 79th minute. 

She is set to retire from international football after this tournament. Will we see the Hollywood ending of a World Cup final goal? She has 11 minutes to do so.

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Yuki Ogimi should do better but heads straight at Hope Solo from only six yards out. That may have just been a way back for the 2011 winners, who will be losing their grip on the trophy in 15 minutes time, unless we see something sensational.

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Hazy atmosphere here and not just because hat-trick hero Carli Lloyd is smoking out there. I'm told there have been forest fires across Vancouver after recent hot weather, lending this huge arena the feel of a late-night party. The United States fans, who were looking pretty merry before kick-off, will certainly be celebrating if the score stays as it is.

Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place

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BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley is looking forward to seeing USA striker Abby Wambach.

We're having a studio sweepstake on which minute Wambach will come on. I'm going 80. Winner gets prize from @rachelyankey11 on Sunday @FAWSL

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Lindsay is calling for a Japan goal, and USA goalkeeper Hope Solo can only punch the ball to Mizuho Sakaguchi. But there is little finesse from the Japan midfielder as her volley drifts harmlessly wide.

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If Japan want to do anything in this game they’ve got to score now. Last time we said that they did do so hopefully it works again.

Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live

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Given how enjoyable this World Cup final is hope more people do support their ladies teams like mine @ArgyleLFC #bbcfootball #womensfootball

Well Paul, that is going to be one of the very interesting aspects of life once the World Cup has finished...