Spain’s world champions and their Swedish opponents on Friday held up a banner with the slogan “It is over” in protest over the sexism scandal which has engulfed the Spanish soccer federation. Spain gained the Nations League conflict in Gothenburg 3-2 when Mariona Caldentey transformed a penalty six minutes into added time. The pre-match protest got here because the Spain group returned to motion for the primary time since lifting the World Cup the place former federation chief Luis Rubiales kissed participant Jenni Hermoso on the lips.
The 22 gamers held up the banner bearing the Spanish phrase “Se Acabo” (“It is over”) including that the wrestle of the gamers in opposition to chauvinism and sexual assault was “the worldwide struggle” for equality between women and men.
Simply earlier than kick-off in Friday’s Nations League recreation, the Spanish ladies additionally raised their fists to disclose wristbands which carried phrases of protest and help.
Most carried the identical “Se Acabo” message, whereas others merely wrote “Jenni” or the quantity 10 of Hermoso’s shirt.
Hermoso was not known as up for the sport by new coach Montse Tome to “shield her”.
9 of the 23 world champions who refused to return to the group because the Rubiales scandal broke, demanding profound adjustments inside the Spanish Soccer Federation, lastly began at kick-off on Friday.
“It is a very constructive victory that manages to make you neglect the times we have had,” mentioned Tome.
“It additionally implies that we’ve gamers with unimaginable expertise. They love what they do. What they know learn how to do is play soccer, and we’ve to make them really feel they will actually think about the sport.”
Magdalena Eriksson gave the hosts a twenty third minute lead.
Athenea del Castillo levelled seven minutes earlier than half time. Eva Navarro put Spain forward within the 77th minute however Lina Hurtig replied for Sweden.
Amanda Ilestedt of Sweden was proven a straight purple card 5 minutes into added time conceding the penalty that Caldentey transformed.
“It has been a troublesome few days for all of us, however we have proven that we’re an actual group who need to symbolize our nation and struggle to the tip,” mentioned Actual Madrid striker Del Castillo.
“That is what counts. I hope that the adjustments underway will proceed and that every little thing will go nicely.”
“We had been drained and did not sleep nicely over the previous couple of days, however I am glad with the work we have finished.”
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