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Record crowd sees Barcelona beat Real Madrid in Women’s Champions League

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.

The team usually play its matches at the much smaller Johan Cruyff Stadium, which holds about 6,000 fans. The Camp Nou can hold 99,000 people.

The match sold out quickly after free tickets for club members were snapped up two months in advance. The cheapest tickets for non-members were priced at up to 15 euros ($22).

A stadium-wide mosaic featured the words “More than Empowerment” on the grandstands of the Camp Nou.

“Culers, the world record for attendance at a women’s football match is ours!” Barcelona wrote on Twitter.

The Catalan club advanced to the semifinals 8-3 on aggregate after winning the first leg 3-1 in Madrid last week.

Putellas scored one of the goals for Barcelona, which will face either Arsenal or Wolfsburg in the semifinals.metasports

Organisers said 91,553 people were at the venue in Barcelona for the game on Wednesday.

The previous crowd 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.

“I don’t have the words to describe it,” Ballon d’Or winner Alexia Putellas said.

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