1. Brandi Chastain (1999)
Perhaps one of the most iconic moments in FIFA Women’s World Cup history occurred in the 1999 Final. Facing China in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout, American defender Brandi Chastain stepped up to the spot. Chastain nailed the decisive penalty kick, securing the World Cup for the USA and creating an iconic sports image as she celebrated in pure joy.
2. Homare Sawa (2011)
Homare Sawa, captain of the Japan team in the 2011 World Cup final against the USA, delivered a crucial goal. In the 117th minute, with Japan trailing 2-1, Sawa skillfully directed a corner kick into the net, equalising the score and pushing the game to penalties, where Japan eventually triumphed to win their first FIFA Women's World Cup.
3. Abby Wambach (2011)
Despite ending up on the losing side in the Final, Abby Wambach’s 122nd-minute equaliser in the quarterfinals against Brazil is remembered as one of the greatest clutch moments. Wambach’s goal, coming in the last gasps of extra time, kept the USA in the tournament, ultimately allowing the side to advance to the Final.
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4. Marta, 2007
The Brazilian star Marta produced an incredible individual performance in the 2007 semi-final against the USA. With the match delicately poised at 2-2, Marta scored a brilliant solo goal in the 79th minute, eliminating the defending Champions and sending Brazil to its first FIFA Women's World Cup Final.
5. Carli Lloyd, 2015
The USA midfielder Carli Lloyd made history in the 2015 Final against Japan by scoring the fastest hat-trick in any World Cup final, men’s or women’s. In just 16 minutes, Lloyd scored three times, effectively deciding the match and earning the USA its third FIFA Women's World Cup title.