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World record crowd at Nou Camp for women's football match

A world-record crowd for a women’s soccer match of more than 91,000 people watched Barcelona defeat Real Madrid 5-2 in the Champions League at the Camp Nou Stadium in what Barcelona star Alexia Putellas described as ‘one of the best days of my life.’

Organisers said 91,553 people were in attendance in Barcelona on Wednesday. The previous record for any women’s game was 90,185 for the 1999 World Cup final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl.

At the 2012 Olympic final in London, 80,203 people saw the U.S. defeat Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal. The previous club record was 60,739 in a Spanish league match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in 2019.

A stadium-wide mosaic featured the words “More than Empowerment” on the grandstands of the Camp Nou. Barcelona advanced to the semifinals 8-3 on aggregate after winning the first leg 3-1 in Madrid last week.

Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas scored one of the goals for Barcelona, which will face either Arsenal or Wolfsburg in the semifinals. It was the first time Barcelona’s women’s team played a match at the Camp Nou in front of fans. It had played at the stadium before but behind closed doors because of restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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