Barcelona broke the women’s attendance record as 91,553 fans watched them come from behind to beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 5-2 at Camp Nou on Wednesday and reach the Champions League semi-finals with an 8-3 aggregate win.
The new record surpassed both the previous club mark of 60,739 fans set in 2019 at Atletico Madrid's Metropolitano stadium, where the hosts beat Barca 2-0 in a league match, and the official attendance record for a women's game.
That was set at the 1999 World Cup final between the United States and China, when 90,195 fans were in attendance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
All 99,354 tickets for Wednesday's match had been sold out since January after a huge engagement campaign by the club.
91,553 in the Camp Nou 🤯
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid set a new women’s attendance record as 91,553 fans watched Barca beat bitter rivals Real Madrid 5-2 at Camp Nou to reach the Champions League semi-final.
The new record surpassed both the previous club mark of 60,739 fans. pic.twitter.com/Ub0SsNVc91
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Barcelona, who won the quarter-final first leg 3-1 in Madrid, took the lead eight minutes into the first half with a brilliant curling shot from long range by Mapi Leon but Real fought back to lead 2-1 with goals from Olga Carmona and Claudia Zornoza.
Yet Barca recovered early in the second half with Aitana Bonmati, Claudia Pina and Alexia Putellas putting the hosts back in front with three goals in 10 minutes. Caroline Hansen rounded off the scoring in what was an electrifying match.
"I’m speechless. It’s a dream come true. I can only answer with more work, getting better and winning games so we can give them a big spectacle," said Putellas.
"I saw a lot of girls, children with that spark in their eyes. It’s amazing to be part of history."
Breaking Barriers Alert:
Barcelona and Real Madrid just set the world record for most fans ever at a women’s soccer match.
91,533 fans were in attendance.
— Goodable (@Goodable) March 30, 2022