Hermoso, 33, came on as a second-half substitute for world champions Spain in their Nations League match against Italy in Salerno.
Four minutes before the end of the match, she scored the only goal of the match. A shot by Alexia Putellas ended up on a rebound that Hermoso put into the net.
Hermoso became a symbol in the fight against sexual discrimination, and gained global support after Rubiales kissed her on the lips last August. She is now present at a national team meeting for the first time since the scandal that ultimately cost Rubiales his job.
Hermoso, who plays for the Mexican club Pachuca on a daily basis, did not participate in the previous national team match, the first after the World Cup. It was said to be “the best way to protect it.”
At that time, the Spanish Federation was still experiencing a major crisis.
The decision not to take Hermoso out was criticized by many players, including the protagonist himself.
“Protect me from what or who?” Hermoso said.
Three weeks after the controversial kiss, Rubiales resigned as football president. He was charged by a Spanish court with “sexual assault” and banned from staying within 200 meters of Hermoso. Rubiales denies that the kiss took place without consent.
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