Spain celebrates homecoming victory amidst football scandal fallout
Posted : 27 September 2023
In their first home match since winning the Women's World Cup, Spain displayed their dominance by defeating Switzerland in Cordoba. The match began with both teams standing behind a banner reading "It's over, our fight is the global fight," addressing the recent scandal in Spanish football. Fans welcomed the Spanish team with a banner that expressed gratitude for their on and off-pitch efforts.
La Roja continued their winning streak in Group A4 of the Women's Nations League. Manchester United's Lucia Garcia capitalized on a mistake by Swiss keeper Elvira Herzog to score the opening goal in front of a record crowd of 14,194 fans for a Spain women's national team home match.
Aitana Bonmati, the World Cup's Golden Ball winner, added the second goal just before halftime and later made it 3-0 with an assist from her Barcelona teammate Alexia Putellas. Substitutes Inma Gabarro and Maite Oroz secured the fourth and fifth goals.
The homecoming was marked by a festive atmosphere, with World Cup champions Putellas and Irene Paredes parading the trophy before the match. The return of the Spanish team was overshadowed by a scandal, which began with a controversial kiss between the then-president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF), Luis Rubiales, and player Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup trophy presentation.
Hermoso stated that the kiss was not consensual, leading to a series of events, including Rubiales' resignation, the sacking of World Cup-winning manager Jorge Vilda, and player threats of a boycott. The boycott was averted after the players reached an agreement with the RFEF, which promised significant changes.
Rubiales faced legal action and a ban from going near Hermoso after her legal complaint, though he denied the allegations in court.