Barcelona-Real Madrid Women’s Champions League clash breaks attendance record

Barcelona set a world record for attendance in a women’s match with 91,553 supporters attending Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.

The previous record number of spectators for a women’s game has stood since 1999, when 90,185 fans watched the World Cup final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

However, some estimates suggest that 110,000 people attended Denmark’s win over Mexico at the Azteca Stadium in the 1971 World Cup final, a tournament not officially sanctioned.

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In club football, the current high before Wednesday’s Clasico is 60,739, set when Atletico Madrid host Barca in a match at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019.

Barca usually play home games at the 6,000-capacity Estadi Johan Cruyff at the club’s training ground, but this match was moved to Camp Nou to accommodate larger ticket demand.

This is only the second time the European champions have played a match at the 99,354 capacity stadium and the first with fans. Last season’s 5-0 win over Espanyol was also played at Camp Nou, but it was played under closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions. Barcelona won Wednesday’s match 5-2 to reach the semi-finals with a total score of 8-3.

“At the end of the game I had to hold back my tears because this was so crazy,” Barcelona winger Caroline Graham Hansen told reporters afterward. “Playing at Camp Nou is one thing, but when you’ve played the full game, won 5-2 in the Champions League and the fans don’t leave, they’ll stay to celebrate with us!

“I can’t imagine anything like it, goosebumps all over the place. Not just 91,500 here tonight, but 91,500 Barca fans here tonight and they sang the whole game and it was amazing. That’s what I do. never dreamed it could happen, but we did it and hopefully this isn’t the last time we do this.”

Success on the pitch has spurred interest in the team, with Barca ending last season with a treble, including its first Champions League trophy.

They have won the Spanish Super Cup this season and claimed their third consecutive title with a 5-0 win over Madrid earlier this month. In Primera Division, they have won all 25 matches, scored 138 goals and conceded only 7 matches.

Personal recognition for captain Alexia Putellas has also raised the team’s attention. The club captain won the Ballon d’Or at the end of last year and was followed by FIFA’s The Best in January.

“This could be the beginning of a new era,” Putellas said in a pre-match press conference. “This game will inspire a lot of people, especially girls. I can’t imagine [was possible] because I only see men, that’s why I say it can open many doors for many people.

“I know I can play, but it just seems inaccessible at this scale. That’s why this match can mark the front and the back because Barca are the biggest club in the world. and they have a say.”

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Luke Plunkett

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