Jenni Hermoso and Aitana Bonmatí helped Spain beat Netherlands 3-0 in the Women’s Nations League semi-final, a victory that secured the world champions a spot in the Paris Olympics and set up a final with France, who beat Germany 2-1 in the other semi on Friday.

Hermoso opened the scoring for Spain with a solo effort in the 41st minute, before Ballon d’Or holder Bonmatí doubled the lead in the 45th. Ona Battle added the third in Seville in the 77th to complete a dominant performance by the hosts.

Reaching Spain’s first Olympic Games is the first important success for the team since Montse Tomé took over in September following the scandal that erupted when former Spanish football federation president Luis Rubiales kissed Hermoso without her consent at the World Cup final trophy presentation.

“I took charge in a difficult moment that nobody wanted and we took a step forward,” Tomé said. “We are proud of the work we have done. This team deserves to play an Olympic Games after all the prior generations who fought for it and came up short.”

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