7th December 2023
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Olga Carmona, goalscorer in Spain’s World Cup win, later learned her father had died

Olga Carmona, whose goal won the Women’s World Cup for Spain on Sunday, learned after the final whistle of her father’s death, the Spanish soccer federation said. ALSO READSpain beat England 1-0 to win the Women’s World Cup.

He had been ill and died while Carmona’s mother and other relatives travelled to Australia to watch her play in the final, the federation announced, without giving more detail on the cause of death.

The family decided to wait until after the title celebrations to give Carmona the news.

‘And without knowing it, I had my Star before the game started,’ Carmona said on X (formerly Twitter), along with a photo of her kissing the winners’ medal. ‘I know that you gave me the strength to achieve something unique. I know that you were watching me tonight and that you are proud of me. Rest in peace, dad.’

After the final whistle, she was among the Spanish players celebrating and dancing on the field, and appeared to participate normally during the trophy presentation.

‘We love you, Olga,’ the federation said on X. ‘You are part of the history of Spanish soccer.’

Carmona scored with a left-footed strike in the 29th minute to give Spain a 1-0 victory over England in Sydney, Australia. She had also scored a late winner in La Roja’s 2-1 win over Sweden in the semi-finals to become the first player since American Carli Lloyd in 2015 to score in a World Cup semi-final and final.

The 23-year-old Carmona was named the final’s most valuable player on Sunday. She had celebrated her goal with a tribute to a friend who recently lost her mother.

‘I think all of us, we felt that this team had something special,’ the Real Madrid defender said after Spain won the title.

Madrid released a statement Sunday night about her father’s death and offering condolences to the player and her family.

Carmona’s Spain teammate Irene Paredes lost her father a few days before Spain began its preparations for the World Cup. The defender dedicated the title to him on Sunday.

Before the news of the death of Carmona’s father, the federation said that title celebrations were set to take place after the squad’s arrival in Madrid on Monday night.

It wasn’t clear if the celebrations would go ahead as scheduled or if Carmona would participate in any way.

ALSO READ: Calls for Spain’s football chief to resign after kissing player on lips.

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