Lieke Martens

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The USA celebrate Rose Lavelle’s goal in their World Cup final win over the Netherlands. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty

Rose Lavelle was 9 and a half - the half is important, if you’re 9 - when the women that changed everything arrived in Cincinnati. It was October 200(...)

The USA celebrate their World Cup final win over the Netherlands in Lyon. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

A coolly taken Megan Rapinoe penalty and beautifully worked goal from Rose Lavelle fired USA to their fourth Women’s World Cup title against a resilie(...)

Jackie Groenen of the Netherlands scores her team’s winner against Sweden. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Netherlands 1 Sweden 0 (after extra time) New Manchester United signing Jackie Groenen ensured the Netherlands finally got the better of an excellent(...)

Netherlands’ Stefanie van der Gragt celebrates scoring their second goal with team-mates during the Women’s World Cup quarter-final against Italy at Stade du Hainaut in Valenciennes. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Netherlands 2 Italy 0 The Netherlands reached the Women’s World Cup semi-finals for the first time after second-half headers from Vivianne Miedema an(...)

Referee Melissa Borjas awards the Netherlands a late penalty against japan. Photograph:  Maja Hitij/Getty Images

Netherlands 2 Japan 1 The Netherlands reached the women’s World Cup quarter-finals for the first time when Lieke Martens’s last-gasp penalty earned t(...)

A view of a match ball during the game between Argentina and Japan in Paris. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

As the summer breaks in Ireland (and the rain continues to fall!) a sports journalist’s nightmare emerges . . . this time of year is absolutely litter(...)

The USA players celebrate their victory over Japan in the Fifa Women’s World Cup 2015 at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. Photograph: Franck Fife/Getty Images

United States World ranking: 1 World Cup record: They’ve appeared in all seven World Cup finals and have never finished outside the medals, winning (...)

Olympique Lyon’s Ada Hegerberg celebrates scoring their fourth goal to complete her hat-trick in the  Women’s Champions League final against Barcelona at the  Ferencvaros Stadium in  Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Olympique Lyon 4 Barcelona 1 Norwegian Ada Hegerberg fired Olympique Lyon to their fourth straight Women’s Champions League title with a first-half h(...)

Olympique Lyonnais players celebrate their Women’s Champions League win over VFL Wolfsburg at Kyiv in May 2018. Photograph: Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Those European clubs with aspirations to knock Olympique Lyonnais off the perch they have occupied for much of the last decade must have felt at times(...)

Ronaldo and Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens with their respective ‘Best Player in Europe’ awards in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Much was made of the fact that both the Republic of Ireland’s two goalscorers in Friday’s win over Slovakia were home-based but tonight the part-timer(...)

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