USA cut defending champions Japan to shreds in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final, beating them 5-2 in Vancouver, Canada, on Sunday night. Midfielder Carli Lloyd annihilated the Asian opponents with a hat-trick inside just 16 minutes!

The last of the three goals was a stunner from the half-way line. Here, check it out:

Here are the other two goals she scored:

This was the first-ever hat-trick in a women’s final and deservedly, Carli won the Golden Ball, awarded to the player of the tournament.

The 16-minute hat-trick propelled USA to their first World Cup in 16 years. After 1991 and 1999, this is the third time that USA are winning the title.


Messi who?