Record crowd of 91,553 for women’s match sees Barca beat Real Madrid
A world record crowd for a women’s game of 91,553 saw Barcelona qualify for the Champions League semi-finals by beating Real Madrid 5-2 at Camp Nou on Wednesday to seal an 8-3 victory in the total.
Attendance surpassed the previous record for a women’s game when 90,185 people watched the 1999 World Cup final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
It also broke the previous attendance record for a club game, set in March 2019 when 60,739 fans saw Barca beat Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Barcelona were eager to give the game as much exposure as possible.
The club’s 147,000 members were given 24 hours to book up to four free tickets, with only a €2.50 administration fee due. Non-members could then buy tickets between 9 and 15 euros.
The reigning European champions will advance to the semi-finals where they will face winners Arsenal and Wolfsburg, who play their second leg on Thursday, after the opener in London ended 1-1.
A historic night began with the Barcelona team bus having to weave through thousands of singing and flag-waving fans on its way to the stadium.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, have been reduced to a cameo role, although they have had their moments through this tie and will feel emboldened after pushing Barca into spells.
In both legs Madrid started strong only to wither as their opponents increased the pressure.
Madrid already faced a monumental task at hand after a late brace robbed them of the first-leg tie, with a 3-1 win for Barcelona giving them a crucial lead to regain in Catalonia.
Barca now hold seven wins out of seven in competitive fixtures against Real Madrid, while Jonatan Giraldez’s side also retained their Primera Division title last month with six games remaining, beating Madrid 5-0.
It started well for Barcelona when, in the eighth minute, Jenni Hermoso crossed for Mapi Leon on the right and her moving cross took Misa out of position, the ball curling around the Madrid keeper and inside.
But Barca’s lead was short-lived as Olga Carmona’s headed shot caught Irene Paredes’ right elbow and Olga headed the penalty into the corner.
Madrid gained confidence as the half progressed and shortly after the break they took the lead, Claudia Zornoza scoring a stunning goal from distance.
With Madrid breaking through the middle at the break, Zornoza took over, spotted Sandra Panos off his line and lobbed the keeper from all 40 yards.
Barca’s overall advantage has been reduced to one and maybe the nerves have started to set in. Instead, they scored twice within three minutes to end Madrid’s hopes.
First, Madrid were beaten with a stray ball in midfield and Hermoso played quickly against Aitana Bonmati, who had too much room to go inside and find the corner. Then Fridolina Rolfo’s overhand pass was set up by Claudia Pina, who drifted forward and fired a shot into the far corner.
With the progress assured, Barcelona started having fun and seven minutes later Alexia Putellas made it four, her shot through Babett Peter’s legs squirming into the hands of Misa, who should have done better.
Caroline Hansen added a fifth at the far post after a sweep down the left from Rolfo. The biggest cheer of the evening then came in injury time, when the big screen showed the official attendance.