Women’s Champions League: Barcelona Ladies Thrash Real Madrid Women In Historic Match Attendance
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Barcelona Femeni on Wednesday produced a sensational Clasico display to thrash rivals Real Madrid and reach the UEFA Women’s Champions League semi-finals.
So doing, the vibrant Nou Camp set the record attendance for a women’s football match with 91, 553 spectators on the stand to watch the encounter.
The hosts took a 3-1 lead into the second leg and then came from 2-1 down to win 5-2 on the night for what was an emphatic 8-3 aggregate victory.
Some 91,553 fans were inside the ground to witness the resounding win, breaking the attendance record set during the World Cup final between the United States and China in 1999.
Barcelona looked to have effectively killed off the tie when Maria Pilar Leon’s cross looped in after eight minutes, but Real hit back immediately and threatened an upset.
Olga Carmona converted from the penalty spot following a handball by Irene Paredes and Claudia Zornoza’s stunning strike put them ahead just after the break.
But goals in quick succession from Aitana Bonmati and Claudia Pina put Barcelona back in control, before Alexia Putellas and Caroline Graham Hansen added gloss to the success over their Spanish rivals.
The defending champions will now face Arsenal or Wolfsburg in the last four.
Barcelona usually play at the Johan Cruyff Stadium at the club’s training base, where they boast the best average attendance in the Spanish top flight of 2,938.
This was not their first appearance at the Nou Camp, but it did see the club sell out Europe’s biggest stadium as all 99,354 tickets were snapped up.
The official attendance recorded, though, was 91,553, beating the previous record of 90,195 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena 23 years ago – and far outnumbering the record for a women’s club game of 60,739 fans at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano in 2019.
“I had to hold my tears back, because this is just too crazy,” Barcelona’s Hansen told DAZN. “The crowd is not leaving, they’re staying to celebrate with us. I couldn’t imagine anything like it, it’s just goosebumps all over the place.
“The fans have been singing all game, it’s been amazing and it’s something I never dreamed of happening. Here today we did it and I hope it’s not the last time we do this.
“In the first half I missed a really big chance and in the second-half it was an amazing feeling to score a goal. I can’t even describe it, it’s one of those moments that will be in my head for the rest of my life.
“It’s not only 91,000 here, it’s 91,000 having a party – and if you’re having fun, I think people will want to repeat it. It’s going to be a game changer, not only for our team, but for the women’s game.”
It was a scintillating encounter between two of football’s biggest rivals that lived up to the occasion.
The home crowd got what they were after when Leon’s in-swinging cross from the right curled over Real Madrid goalkeeper Misa Rodriguez and into the far corner to put Barcelona in front.
But Carmona showed great composure to hold her nerve and find the bottom corner from the spot as the Nou Camp descended into a deafening cauldron of noise.
And that crowd became slightly nervy when Zornoza scored the goal of the game to put Real in front, lobbing Barcelona goalkeeper Sandra Panos from distance.
But that only served to spark the home side, and their support, into life.
Bonmati levelled on the night with a smart run and finish in the 52nd minute and three minutes later Barcelona were back ahead thanks to Pina’s neat effort.
Captain Putellas then saw her strike squeeze over the line as “Barca, Barca, Barca” rang out around the Nou Camp in what was becoming more of a carnival atmosphere with every Barcelona goal.
Real were unable to cope with the European champions in full flow and Hansen pounced at the far post for a fifth in the 70th minute.