Last night, “the game” was the Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan. The Americans scored four goals in the game’s first 16 minutes and eventually won 5-2, avenging their loss to the Japanese in the 2011 final. It is the U.S.’s first Women’s World Cup title since 1999.

This is What Was “The Game”? An ongoing series in which we explain “the game” of last night.

Previously: 7/1, 6/23, 6/17

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