“It’s a little sore. I might need a few stitches, but I will take this,” she said after the game. “I wasn’t sure I was bleeding and then I saw it just starting to pour on the grass.”
It was a physical match, with the U.S. players mostly on the receiving end.
“I credit the Netherlands for making it hard for us,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said.
But that was only on defense and, occasionally, in midfield. The Dutch were rather toothless on the attack.
It was fitting Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal won the Golden Glove award for the tournament’s best goalkeeper. She made one of the saves of the tournament in the semifinal against Sweden, and was outstanding against the U.S. in making five key saves.
Without her, the Dutch might not have even made the final and certainly would have been routed Sunday.
“She was sensational,” Wiegman said through a translator. “I’m very proud of her performance and it’s great she’s been awarded this prize.”