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El Clásico sets attendance record as Barcelona blows past Madrid

Supporters held banners reading "More than empowerment" before the start of the game between Barcelona and Real Madrid. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

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.

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.”