Spain captain Olga Carmona, who scored the goal for her country in the Women’s World Cup final, was informed after the match that her father had passed away.
Reuters reports that the Real Madrid left-back’s father had been suffering from a prolonged illness and passed away on Friday.
“The Spanish Football Federation deeply regrets to announce the death of Olga Carmona’s father,” the RFEF wrote on social media.
The footballer learned the sad news after the World Cup final.
“We send our sincere hugs to Olga and her family in a moment of deep sadness. We love you Olga, you are the history of Spanish football.”
Spanish media outlet Relevo said Her family and friends decided not to tell her so she could focus on the final, with her mother and siblings arriving in Australia on Saturday to support her.
Her club, Real Madrid, also expressed its “condolences and affection to Olga, her relatives and all her loved ones.”