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USA strengthen grip over top spot of FIFA rankings

 US women's national team player Megan Rapinoe poses with FIFA Women's World Cup trophy after defeating the Netherlands in the final held in Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/IAN LANGSDON

US women's national team player Megan Rapinoe poses with FIFA Women's World Cup trophy after defeating the Netherlands in the final held in Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/IAN LANGSDON

Madrid, Jul 12 (efe-epa).- The United States women’s national team extended its lead over the FIFA rankings after clinching the 2019 World Cup.

Having earning its record-extending fourth title in a strong fashion, the USA increased its lead to 121 points over second placed Germany, which fell to Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals.

Demonstrating absolute domination, the USA has taken home half of the World Cup's eight possible titles in 1991, 1999, 2015 and 2019.

USA displayed its strength during the World Cup held in France, as it won out through its way to the final, including against host France and England, who had been contenders before the tournament kicked off.

In the final, it faced the Netherlands, which was making its maiden final appearance in its second participation in the tournament.

The Netherlands conceded two goals over an eight-minute stretch, with the first coming in the 61st minute, when Megan Rapinoe delivered from the 12-yard spot.

After being the World Cup runner-up, the Netherlands climbed five spots, to third, 143 points off the pace.

Sweden, which saw its surprising World Cup run end in the semifinal at the hands of the Netherlands, jumped three spots in the rankings to be sixth - after prevailing over England in the third-spot playoff – just behind France and England respectively.

North Korea, meanwhile, made the top-10, just ahead of tenth-placed Brazil.

After its best World Cup run, Spain remains in the 13th spot, to be the seventh best European national team.

The top-10 of the FIFA rankings is as follows:

.1. The United States 2,180 points

.2. Germany 2,059

.3. The Netherlands 2,037

.4. France 2,029

.5. England 2,027

.6. Sweden 2,021

.7. Canada 1,976

.8. Australia 1,965

.9. North Korea 1,940

10. Brazil 1,938. EFE-EPA

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