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Jul 6, 2015 at 12am UK at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver
USA WomenUSA Women
Japan WomenJapan Women
Lloyd (3', 5', 16'), Holiday (14'), Heath (54')
FT(HT: 4-1)
Ogimi (27'), Johnston (52' og.)

Half-Time Report: Carli Lloyd hat-trick stuns lacklustre Japan Women in World Cup final

USA Women lead their Japanese counterparts 4-1 at half time in the World Cup thanks to a 15-minute hat-trick from Carli Lloyd.

Carli Lloyd struck a hat-trick inside the first 15 minutes as USA Women clasped one hand on the World Cup trophy by cruising to a 4-1 half-time lead over Japan Women.

Only five minutes elapsed in Vancouver before the Americans moved two-up following a fast and furious start at BC Place.

First, Megan Rapinoe's corner was tapped home by Lloyd for a simple finish, before the 32-year-old capitalised on some questionable defence to slot home a second and stun the defending champions.

Norio Sasaki's side struggled to develop a foothold and before long it was three, as Lauren Holiday thrashed a firm volley past the helpless Ayumi Kaihori on 14 minutes to put the Stars and Stripes in dreamland.

However, it got even better for Jill Ellis's girls moments after the third, as Lloyd, from the halfway line, spotted Kaihori well off her line before lobbing her to complete her treble.

On 27 minutes, Japan threw themselves the slimmest of lifelines on the comeback trail when Yuki Ogimi beat Hope Solo from 10 yards to slightly reduce the scale of the task.

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England defender Lucy Bronze (R) celebrates her goal against Canada with teammate Steph Houghton during a quarterfinal football match at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia on June 27, 2015
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