A total of 91,553 fans attended Wednesday’s quarterfinal match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou, breaking the world record for attendance at a women’s soccer match.
Culers, the world record for attendance at a women's football match is ours! pic.twitter.com/Hu94A9PXDO— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) March 30, 2022
Culers, the world record for attendance at a women's football match is ours! pic.twitter.com/Hu94A9PXDO
Fans in attendance got a treat as five different Barcelona players found the back of the next in the 5-2 win. As a result, Barcelona advances to the Women’s Champions League semifinals after winning both quarterfinal matches and the aggregate 8-3.
The club will face either Arsenal or Wolfsburg in the next round.
María Pilar León got things started in the eighth minute before Madrid’s Olga Carmona responded in the 16th minute. Claudia Zornoza helped Madrid take a 2-1 lead before the floodgates opened for Barcelona.
Aitana Bonmati, Clàudia Pina, Alexia Putellas and Caroline Graham Hansen all found the back of the net as Barcelona rattled off four unanswered goals.
After the game, the stadium chanted in song to celebrate the win.
Barcelona 5-2 Real Madrid (8-3), a world record crowd and, as Alexia called it, a before and after moment in football pic.twitter.com/14tJC0wX3y— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) March 30, 2022
Barcelona 5-2 Real Madrid (8-3), a world record crowd and, as Alexia called it, a before and after moment in football pic.twitter.com/14tJC0wX3y
Tickets sold out two months in advance of the match. Putellas called it a turning point for the women’s game.
“I believe that tomorrow can be the start of a new era, because at the end of the day, tomorrow’s match is going to be inspiring for so many girls, I am guessing, that will be coming tomorrow to Camp Nou or who will be seeing us from TV,” Putellas said. “They will be seeing women playing in Camp Nou, and I am sure in the future, in the mid or long run, we will be collecting the fruits of tomorrow’s match.”