Barcelona v Real Madrid attract world record crowd for women’s football game with 91,553 fans

Women’s football reached a major milestone on Wednesday thanks to one of the sport’s deepest rivalries. The UEFA Women’s Champions League quarter-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou attracted 91,553 fans, an official world record for a women’s game.

This number of spectators far exceeds the previous official record for a club game: 60,739 for an Atletico Madrid match against Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano in 2019. It is also higher than the crowd of 90,185 who attended the final. of the World Cup between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl in 1999. There were also unofficial reports of 110,000 fans at the 1971 Women’s World Cup final between Mexico and Denmark at Mexico.

Hosts Barcelona repaid their fans’ historic support with a 5-2 win to reach the Champions League semi-finals. After the match, Barca Caroline winger Graham Hansen chose to revel in the moment rather than looking ahead.

“At the end of the game I had to hold back my tears because it was so crazy,” said Graham Hansen, who scored the game’s last goal in the 70th minute. “It’s one thing to play at the Camp Nou, but when it’s complete, winning 5-2 in the Champions League and the fans don’t leave, they stay to celebrate with us. I never imagined anything like that, goosebumps everyone at the venue.”

It is only the second time that Barcelona, ​​who normally play their home games at the 6,000-seat Johan Cruyff stadium, have played at the Camp Nou. It is, however, the first time Barca have played at Camp Nou in front of fans, as the team beat Espanyol 5-0 there last season in a match closed to fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. .

Alexia Putellas, who led Barcelona to their first Champions League trophy last year and helped the team win their third consecutive Spanish Supercopa title this season, believes Wednesday’s game can bring “the start of ‘a new era”.

“I knew I could play football, but it didn’t seem accessible on this scale,” said team captain and 2021 Ballon d’Or winner Putellas before the game. “That’s why this match can mark a before and an after because Barca are the biggest club in the world and they have a voice.”

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