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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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  1. 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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    Quote Message: 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. from Jill Ellis USA coach
    Jill EllisUSA coach
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    Japanese midfielder Shinji Kagawa, who used to play for Manchester United, posts on Twitter...

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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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    Quote Message: World champions, Baby. Finally! from USA striker Abby Wambach (who screams into a camera)
    USA striker Abby Wambach (who screams into a camera)
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    Quote Message: 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. from Alistair Magowan BBC Sport at BC Place, Vancouver
    Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place, Vancouver
  9. The President is happy

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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

    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.

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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.

  18. Get involved #bbcfootball

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    Quote Message: 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. from Rachel Yankey Former England international on BBC Two
    Rachel YankeyFormer England international on BBC Two
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    Quote Message: 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. from Rachel Yankey Former England international on BBC Two
    Rachel YankeyFormer England international on BBC Two
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    Everton and USA goalkeeper Tim Howard.

  22. USA - deserved champions

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    Quote Message: 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. from Natasha Dowie Liverpool Ladies and England striker on BBC Two
    Natasha DowieLiverpool Ladies and England striker on BBC Two
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    Quote Message: From minute one USA took the game to Japan. They were brilliant. from Rachel Yankey Ex-England striker on BBC Two
    Rachel YankeyEx-England striker on BBC Two
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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Abby Wambach celebrates with the American flag
    Quote Message: 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.
  25. USA WIN THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

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    United States celebrates

    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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    Quote Message: 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. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  27. 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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    Christie Rampone
    Quote Message: It’s amazing, what a great achievement. Playing in a World Cup final at 40 years old. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  30. SUBSTITUTION

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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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    BBC global sports news reporter Caroline Rigby is in Canada.

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    Abby Wambach
    Quote Message: 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. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  34. SUBSTITUTION

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    Hope Solo punches clear

    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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    Quote Message: 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. from Alistair Magowan BBC Sport at BC Place
    Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place
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    BBC presenter Jacqui Oatley is looking forward to seeing USA striker Abby Wambach.

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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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    Quote Message: 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. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  40. Get involved #bbcfootball

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

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    Quote Message: I think if the USA do win it, it’ll be hard to see Abby Wambach not lifting the trophy but I can see today's captain Carli Lloyd, putting up a bit of a fight. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  42. CLOSE!

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    Nearly. Japan have been awful at defending set pieces all day. And this is no different.

    A corner from the right wing is deliberately headed back by a USA player to find Kelley O'Hara 18 yards out but the substitute is wasteful by shooting over the top.

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    USA corner. Another goal coming?

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    Just a reminder, that the goals from this match are available to watch on the BBC Sport site now by pressing the highlights tab.

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    Burnley striker Marvin Sordell has tweeted about Carli Lloyd's hat-trick. He has said...

  47. CLOSE!

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    Any ideas what this score is going to end up as? Nope, me neither. Chances for both sides. Firstly Rumi Utsugi volleys just wide for Japan before Alex Morgan shoots off target at the other end.

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    Megan Rapinoe
    Quote Message: USA have got their confidence back and are not letting Japan have a moment on the ball, only at the back, it's certainly got the crowd going you can hear chants of ‘USA’. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  49. SUBSTITUTION

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    Sue wants Iwabuchi to come on. And that is exactly what happens. Shinobu Ohno comes off. That is all three of the Japanese substitutions made and we are not even at the hour mark.

    USA then make their first change with Megan Rapinoe coming off for Kelley O'Hara.

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Japan just cannot defend from set-pieces. I have never seen a Japan side play like this. I think they have to bring Mana Iwabuchi on.

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    Quote Message: You’ve got to shut up shop when you’ve just scored a goal and USA have come straight back at them and scored again. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on Radio 5 live
  52. GOAL - USA 5-2 Japan (Tobin Heath)

    Tobin Heath celebrates

    Well the fightback did not last long. And it comes from another set piece. An inswinging corner causes all sorts of problems for Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori. Morgan Brian at the back post keeps her composure to square the ball and an unmarked Tobin Heath 10 yards out does the rest.

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    That ball definitely went over the line, the deflection completely wrong-footed Hope Solo. Julie Johnston has been excellent throughout this tournament, but it was just one of those things that happen when you are trying to clear the ball.

  54. GOAL - USA 4-2 Japan (Julie Johnston own goal)

    USA concede an own goal

    Now this is getting silly. What we needed was a comedy own goal. And that's what we have got. But Julie Johnston will not be laughing though.

    A cross to the back post is inadvertently flicked into her own net off the USA defender's head.

    Goalkeeper Hope Solo made a desperate attempt to keep the ball out, but the ball has gone over the line.

  55. GREAT SAVE!

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    USA are pushing for another goal. Morgan Brian is the next to look to get on the scoresheet, but is denied by a save from Ayumi Kaihori.

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    Japan's coach Norio Sasaki's half-time talk probably went along the lines of 'STOP CARLI LLOYD'.

    If so, the players haven't really listened as Lloyd is allowed to sprint down the left wing and her cross eventually finds defender Ali Krieger, whose shot on goal is blocked by a desperate Japan defender.

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    Quote Message: After such a frantic start to the game, the interval was almost welcome. Still a sense of disbelief here after such an incredible half. Not sure I've heard so much screaming at a game, just from the shock of what is happening. from Alistair Magowan BBC Sport at BC Place
    Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place
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    Very droll..

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    Here we go again. Is there any way back for Japan? Logic suggests not but you just never know.

  60. Bronze - England's gold performer

    England finish third

    Lucy Bronze celebrates

    Back in those days, long, long ago when Japanese fans were hopeful, and American fans were nervous, we were asking you which England player had been their best performer of the tournament.

    You have voted and the results are in.

    37.9% Lucy Bronze, 18.4% Laura Bassett, 17.3% Steph Houghton, 11.1% Fara Williams, 4.8% Karen Carney, 4.3% Jill Scott, 1.0% Jade Moore. And 5.1% suggested another England player should have won.

    Thanks to everyone who voted.

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    Right, if Rachel is right then you will be kicking yourself if you miss the second half. If she is wrong, oh well, you have seen another half of football.

    So you're staying with us then? Good.

  62. 'I just don't get it'

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    Quote Message: It’s unbelievable, I just don’t get it, America have come at Japan and stifled them. But Japan can get back in the game, they have the technique and skill. from Rachel Yankey on BBC Two Former England international
    Rachel Yankey on BBC TwoFormer England international
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    The BBC pundits are pointing the finger at Japanese defender Azusa Iwashimizu, saying she was at fault for three of the four goals USA scored.

    Remember Iwashimizu was substituted after only 33 minutes. She would have been dreaming of this moment and dreaming of lifting the trophy later on. Sometimes reality can be very harsh indeed.

  64. 'It's embarrassing'

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    Quote Message: Carli Lloyd has been out of this world, Japan have not turned up, it's embarrassing to be honest. from Natasha Dowie on BBC Two Liverpool Ladies striker
    Natasha Dowie on BBC TwoLiverpool Ladies striker
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  66. 'Japan look a bit tighter'

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Quote Message: It is so difficult to be so far behind after 15 minutes and Japan have brought on experienced players now and look a little bit tighter and that is what was needed.
  67. HALF-TIME

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    Has there ever been a more remarkable half in World Cup final history? Japan need a miracle to get this back. But it has been all their own fault as woeful defending has contributed to them being ripped apart.

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    Japanese fans
    Image caption: Japanese fans during a public viewing event in Tokyo
    SMS Message: My Japanese wife is sound asleep, needless to say I won't be waking her up, will let her dream rather than see this nightmare, Regards from Justin
    Justin
    SMS Message: I expected USA to win by at least three, but the way they're tearing Japan apart they could hit double figures! from Dave, Manchester
    Dave, Manchester

    Wise move Justin, wise move. 'Wake up, dear. Your team are getting hammered'. It might not be the best wake-up call ever.

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    Japan cannot cope with Carli Lloyd's movement. She helps set up Meghan Klingenberg who goes to ground in the 18-yard box under a strong challenge, but referee Kateryna Monzul is not interested in the penalty appeals.

    A penalty would have been nice. Been far too long since we had any action.

  70. SUBSTITUTION

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    Right, time for another substitution as Japan think they have nothing to lose any more. Unsurprisingly it is a striker that comes on with Yuika Sugasawa the player introduced, replacing midfielder Nahomi Kawasumi.

    Five goals, two substitutions in 40 minutes. You better not be thinking of going to sleep.

  71. 'Sawa will want to get on the ball'

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Quote Message: Homare Sawa will just get herself in to space and want to get on the ball and keep things ticking over.
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    Speaking about Lloyd's 50-yard effort for America's fourth.

    This tweet comes from Stoke and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam, a man who knows a thing or two about long-range strikes.

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    Missed Carli Lloyd's hat-trick goal? You sure missed out, but don't worry you can watching it now by using the highlights tab.

  74. SUBSTITUTION

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    You know you are in a trouble when you are making changes inside 35 minutes. Japan defender Azusa Iwashimizu is hooked and is replaced by the vastly-experienced midfielder Homare Sawa. Just the 204 international caps for her.

    Iwashimizu does not look to be injured but is absolutely distraught on the bench, sobbing uncontrollable as her team-mates try to comfort her.

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    This has been an absolutely crazy opening half hour. And Japan have another chance to score.

    A cross is played to the back post and Nahomi Kawasumi does well to keep the ball alive. It is knocked back to captain Aya Miyama on the edge of the penalty area but her shot lacks power and is straight at Hope Solo.

    Solo had just conceded her first goal in six games. And she nearly conceded another one a minute later.

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    Quote Message: It is still early days, but if Japan can get another goal than maybe it will be game on. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on BBC Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on BBC Radio 5 live
  78. 'That's what we want'

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Quote Message: Yuki Ogimi just showed exactly what she can do there, it’s a nice bit of intricate passing, lovely turn, picks her head up just manages to slot it past Hope Solo. That is what we want from this game.
  79. GOAL - USA 4-1 Japan (Yuki Ogimi)

    Yuki Ogimi scores

    The fightback starts now. A tiny, tiny glimmer of hope for Japan. And it is a composed finish from Yuki Ogimi, who spins and has time to shoot past Hope Solo. 

    The American goalkeeper got a hand to the shot, but the ball was just a bit too high for her.

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    It is like watching Barcelona versus a pub side at the moment. The Japanese defence had only conceded three goals in their first five matches but they are all over the place.

    Alex Morgan is the next to try her luck. But to Ayumi Kaihori's relief she is able to dive on the ball. To be fair to Kaihori, apart from some poor positioning for Lloyd's third (America's fourth) there is not much she could have done for any of the goals. She has been completely let down by those in front of her.

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    Press the highlights button at the top of this page and you can enjoy the first two goals of the match. The next two will be coming shortly, but at the moment they are scoring quicker than we can cut the footage.

  82. 'What's going on here?'

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    Quote Message: The look of wonder on Carli Lloyd's face as she missed the target with that header just said 'What is going on here?' Absolute dream land for the American. from Alistair Magowan BBC Sport at BC Place
    Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place
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    Norio Sasaki

    If this was a game on Football Manager then this is when you would turn the computer off and start again, moaning that it was unrealistic. No such luck for Japan.

  84. Get Involved

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    Some of you are as stunned as we are.

  85. Banishing the ghosts of World Cup past

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    Carli Lloyd was one of the players who missed a penalty in the 2011 final, which Japan won 3-1 on spot-kicks.

    She scored both goals in the 2012 Olympics final win against the same opponents, but it is fair to say she has put the ghosts of four years ago behind her now. She is the first woman to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

  86. 'This is unbelievable'

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Quote Message: The third goal shows defensive errors again from Japan and that is just so calm and cool, an excellent finish from Lauren Holiday. The fourth, it is absolutely unbelievable, I thought the USA would win this game, I didn’t think this would be so easy. There’s no doubt who is going to be the player of the tournament - Carli Lloyd. What a finish and what confidence. Japan are playing for pride now.
    USA supporters
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    Quote Message: As soon as Japan give the ball away America are counter attacking and doing it as such pace that Japan cannot handle it. I believe that fourth goal is a mistake by the keeper bu nobody was expecting this. I'm a little speechless to be honest. Japan are in disarray. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on BBC Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on BBC Radio 5 live
  88. CLOSE!

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    It is nearly five. Carli Llloyd has already scored three. She should have a fourth but her header, when unmarked again, goes wide.

  89. GOAL - USA 4-0 Japan (Carli Lloyd, hat-trick)

    Ayumi Kaihori looks dejected

    Take a bow Carli Lloyd. This is sensational. She picks up the ball just inside her half and launches a shot from 50 yards over the head of Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori, who was well off her line. A 13-minute hat-trick. In a World Cup final

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    But wait a minute.

  91. GOAL - USA 3-0 Japan (Lauren Holiday)

    Lauren Holiday celebrates

    The nightmare continues for Japan. It is absolutely awful defending. Have I said that already tonight. Lauren Holiday scores with a smart volley after a poor defensive header from Azusa Iwashimizu falls invitingly to her.

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    How will Japan recover from that shocking start? They still have a long time to get back into this, but they have gifted their opponents a two-goal lead with two cases of shocking marking.

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    BBC sports news presenter Katie Gornall is in Vancouver. And struggling with her hearing.

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    Quote Message: What can I say. Japan did not learn from the first set-piece. This is just an amazing start by the USA. They have only conceded one goal in the tournament so that Japanese have a game on their hands now. from Lindsay Johnson Everton defender on BBC Radio 5 live
    Lindsay JohnsonEverton defender on BBC Radio 5 live
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    Quote Message: Hard to sum up the pitch of cheers here as that second goal went in. Everyone is screaming in surprise at taking a two-goal lead within five minutes, and Carli Lloyd getting both. What a start. from Alistair Magowan BBC Sport at BC Place
    Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at BC Place
  97. 'A training ground move'

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Carli Lloyd scores
    Quote Message: That first goal was definitely a training ground move, driven on the floor and Carli Lloyd ran from deep, outside the box and just flicks it round outside of the boot, an excellent finish. For the second, it’s simple defending, why is no-one picking Lloyd up? It was easy, it’s a tap-in.
  98. GOAL - USA 2-0 Japan (Carli Lloyd)

    Carli Lloyd celebrates

    Is the final all over already? Another set-piece, and another horror show from the Japanese defence. They haven't learned their lesson from two minutes previously as a free-kick is sent to the near post, it is flicked on and tapped in by the unmarked Carli Lloyd. That is two goals in three minutes for her.

  99. GOAL - USA 1-0 Japan (Carli Lloyd)

    Carli Lloyd scores the opening goal

    The noise is even louder now. A disastrous start for Japan as USA go ahead with a well-worked goal straight off the training ground. Megan Rapinoe's low corner from the right wing finds the on-rushing Carli Lloyd who flicks the ball with the outside of her foot past Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori.

  100. 'Two powerhouses of the game'

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Quote Message: These are two real powerhouses in women’s football, two different styles of play: Japan like to keep the ball, USA are very direct and like to go forward.
  101. KICK-OFF

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    Here we go. And every touch from the American team is already greeted by hysterical cheers. Japan will be looking to silence this crowd, and do so quickly.

  102. Too fired up?

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    I just wonder if USA are going to be too fired up. We have seen tears at the anthems and then an emotional captain Carli Lloyd gives a rousing speech (from what we could hear) with the American team in a huddle.

  103. The best team in Europe head home...

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    Kyle thinks England have been the best team. Well they are coming home as we speak.

      Wonder if they set the airport alarms ringing with their bronze medals?  

  104. 'England are the team of the tournament'

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    SMS Message: With the squad England have and what we have achieved, no matter who wins tonight England are the team of the tournament. I think USA will win 3-1 but I hope its a classic as the tournament has been brilliant and it would be a fitting finale of it was a classic. Also well done to the BBC on all formats for outstanding coverage. from From Kyle in Newcastle
    From Kyle in Newcastle
  105. The anthems

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    And those fans are in great voice as the American national anthem rings around the stadium. The players are already tearful. Will they be able to hold it together and cope with the pressure.

    The Japanese anthem is a much more sedate affair. Eyes closed, hands on hearts.

  106. A home from home

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    The players walk out on to the pitch and it is a packed crowd in Vancouver. With it being only 50 miles from the American border this will be like a home game for USA. 

    There are expected to be 45,000 USA fans among a crowd of about 54,000. Can Japan pull off another shock and retain their World Cup trophy?

  107. How they got here - Japan

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    Japan
  108. 'Japan await their opportunity'

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    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    Former England goalkeeper

    Quote Message: Japan are grinding teams down and waiting for their opportunity - the likes of Ogimi, Sakaguchi - they could cause the USA problems.
  109. Presidential support

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    Right, forget The Rock (see 23:37), the America team has a much more famous cheerleader.

  110. 'Lloyd is massive to USA'

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    So Abby Wambach is among the substitutes. But Carli Lloyd is in good goalscoring form for the USA with three goals in three games.

    Quote Message: Carli Lloyd is massive to the USA, she likes to hold the ball up, finds spaces that no-one else does and gets herself in the box. She has great movement to get into gaps and she links up really well with the other players around her. from Rachel Yankey Former England international on BBC Two
    Rachel YankeyFormer England international on BBC Two
  111. England's World Cup final representative

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    It is a big day for England-born Jill Ellis, the USA coach.

    Ellis is a very popular woman with the fans in Vancouver and here she makes her way along the touchline for the match of her life, while one young fan offers a gentle reminder of the striker she wants to see in this final - veteran Abby Wambach.

    Remember, Wambach begins on the bench.

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    Image caption: Ellis makes her way past the fans
  112. Can Sue finally get a prediction right?

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    Sue Smith

    Former England forward

    Quote Message: The USA really want this one - and the fact Abby Wambach has won everything apart from the World Cup gives her even more incentive. We have not seen the best of Japan yet - against England they lacked a clinical finish but you cannot rule them out. I have not got any predictions right so far but I am going USA 2-0.
  113. Get Involved #bbcfootball

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    Keep those tweets coming into us using #bbcfootball or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  114. 'We will stay true to our mantra'

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    Quote Message: It is about staying true to our mantra, and doing the things that got us here. Japan are very good on set pieces and constantly have numbers around the ball. from Jill Ellis USA head coach
    Jill EllisUSA head coach
  115. How they got here - USA

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    Natasha says the US deserve to be in the final. And this is how they got to Vancouver.

    USA
  116. 'The USA deserve to be there'

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    Right, back to tonight's match.

    Quote Message: If you look at the top nations, I’d say the USA have been the most consistent and deserve to be in this final. from Natasha Dowie on BBC Two England and Liverpool striker
    Natasha Dowie on BBC TwoEngland and Liverpool striker
  117. Show us your medal

    England finish third

    Speaking of England...

    Goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain posts a picture of a little extra item going home in every England player's hand luggage.

  118. Got to get close...

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    What about our BBC pundits? What do they think about the match? Well, we can tell you.

    Quote Message: You've got to get close to Japan and not allow them to play their quick passes. Also, in attack you've got to try to stretch the pitch and run at them because they are a very organised team. England did that very well in their semi-final meeting. from Rachel Yankey Former England international on BBC Two
    Rachel YankeyFormer England international on BBC Two
  119. The Rock is fired up

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    One man definitely wanting USA to create some history today is wrestler turned Hollywood action star Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson. He has chipped in with a brilliant / crazy / bizarre motivating video telling the American team how great they are. It is well worth a watch.

    The Rock
    Quote Message: This is not a video to inspire you, you're already there, this is a video about how much you have inspired me and inspired the whole country through your passion, your discipline and your determination. I want you to go out on the field and remember you are the greatest in the world at what you do. You guys are rock stars. You are warriors. from Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Wrestler and Hollywood actor
    Dwayne 'The Rock' JohnsonWrestler and Hollywood actor
  120. USA fans want a third

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    1991, 1999...USA will become the first team to win three Women's World Cups if they can beat Japan in 2015.

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    Image caption: Colourful USA fans urge their team on
  121. BBC coverage - BBC Radio 5 live and BBC World Service

    Listen now

    You can listen to commentary of the final wherever you may be in the world.

    We will have live commentary from Canada on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC World Service.

    Our commentary team is Ian Brown and Everton and England defender Lindsay Johnson.     

  122. USA take over Vancouver

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  123. Get Involved #bbcfootball

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    We asked if you've been inspired by England's performance at the World Cup.

  124. England celebrate

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    The England players wasted no times in tweeting pictures of their celebrations after their 1-0 win against Germany. We will be looking at some of the best tweets. Here is midfielder Jordan Nobbs's picture.

  125. BBC Coverage

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    We are about to go live on BBC Two and you can watch the action by pressing the play button at the top of this page (UK only).

    Presenter Jacqui Oatley is joined in the studio by England internationals Rachel Brown-Finnis, Rachel Yankey and Natasha Dowie.

    Former England forward Sue Smith joins Jonathan Pearce in the commentary box.

  126. From Japan to Canada

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    BBC global news sports reporter Caroline Rigby is in Canada.

  127. Post update

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    It is a lovely sunny day in Vancouver with the spider cam zooming around above the pitch to show both sets of players warming up and going through their pre-match routines.

  128. Japan's line-up

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    Japan coach Norio Sasaki keeps faith with the same starting XI that faced England in the semi-final.

    Japan have scored nine goals in the tournament but Aya Miyama is the only player to have netted twice, converting penalties in the opening win against Switzerland and then in the semi-final against England.

  129. USA XI

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    USA head coach Jill Ellis names an unchanged side from the one that kicked off the semi-final against Germany.

    Their team includes Carli Lloyd, who has scored in each of the last three matches, and Megan Rapinoe, who, like Lloyd, is in contention to win the Golden Ball award for the tournament's best player. Abby Wambach, the 2012 FIFA Women's World Player of the Year, begins on the bench.

  130. All dressed up

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    But let's not forget the game tonight. And the crowds are building in Vancouver.

    USA v Japan
    Image caption: Japan fans gear up to kick off

    Now that's what you call a 'game face'. Although you don't want to be sitting behind.  

  131. Get Involved - #bbcfootball

    As always we want your comments. So obviously we want your thoughts on the final, but we also want your thoughts on how England performed.

    Have they inspired you, if so, how? Let us know using #bbcfootball on Twitter or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  132. How do England's players rate?

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    England

    If you are unsure on how to vote, then Alistair Magowan's player ratings may help you make up your mind.

    He has followed the England team around Canada and has rated the players and given his reasons why. Find out which player only got a four out of 10. And why?

  133. Voting time

    Who has been the best England player of the Women's World Cup?

    So England have secured a third-place finish after beating European champions Germany for the first time as Fara Williams's penalty gave the Lionesses a 1-0 win

    But which England player has impressed you the most throughout the tournament? You can vote now on this page. (The vote closes at 23:55 BST.)

    Your options are: Laura Bassett, Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton, Jill Scott, Fara Williams, Karen Carney or Jade Moore.

    If you think our selection isn't good enough then there is also another option for any other England player.

  134. 'Wow'

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    There may have been some sore England heads earlier today, and rightly so after celebrating a momentous 1-0 victory against European champions Germany to claim third place. What did it mean to the players? This tweet from striker Toni Duggan may give you some idea.

  135. The Lionesses roar

    England finish third

    But the Lionesses still managed to end their tournament on a high note thanks to a victory over a Germany side that are top of the world rankings and are the current European champions.

    Fara Williams kept her composure to secure a famous 1-0 victory, England's first in 21 attempts against Germany.

    Want to see the highlights again? Of course you do. Here you go (as long as you live in the UK).

    England
  136. What might have been

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    Anyone following England may just be a bit rueful tonight and thinking of what might have been. It was so nearly England playing tonight.

    In their semi-final against Japan the score was at 1-1 when Toni Duggan hit the crossbar and the game was heading towards extra-time before Laura Bassett's heartbreaking own goal in injury time denied the Lionesses their first ever Women's World Cup final.

    Laura Bassett
  137. 'A revenge match for both sides'

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    A grudge match? You bet it is.

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    Quote Message: It's a revenge match for both sides. Compared to four years ago or even two years ago all our team members have grown. It will be a game where all of us will show how we have developed our skills. from Saki Kumagai Japan defender
    Saki KumagaiJapan defender
  138. We meet again

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    Japan win in 2011

    USA and Japan are competing in their third major women's final in a row.

    We saw Japan take the first glory by beating USA 3-1 on penalties after a 2-2 draw to win the 2011 World Cup final.

    But it didn't take long for USA to gain their revenge, beating Japan 2-1 at Wembley to win the 2012 Olympic gold medals.

    Now comes the third act.

  139. Welcome

    Hello, thank you for joining us and welcome to BBC Sport's live text commentary from the 2015 Women's World Cup final.

    So only two nations remain. And they have both been in this position before.

  140. A month of drama, tears and celebrations

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    We have had 51 matches over the last month at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

    There have been great goals.

    Great goal

    We have seen shocks and drama.

    Marta

    There have been tears and then celebrations from England.

    England

    But now only two teams remain. There can be only one winner. Who will have their hands on this trophy later on?

    World Cup trophy