Women’s football’s crowd record was broken again as Barcelona beat Wolfsburg in the Champions League
BARCELONA (Reuters) – A record 91,648 fans turned out for a women’s match as Barcelona beat VfL Wolfsburg 5-1 in the first leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final at Camp Nou on Friday.
The clash broke the previous female attendance record set just three weeks ago when 91,553 spectators flocked to the Camp Nou for Barcelona’s showdown with Real Madrid on March 30.
“It’s something spectacular what happened today and almost a month ago it leaves us speechless,” midfielder Patri Guijarro said of being cheered on by another crowd record.
“I think in a few days, maybe even years, we’ll be a little more aware of the magnitude (of what happened) and how special it is to have a day like this.”
Barcelona, who reached the Champions League semi-finals with an 8-3 aggregate win over Real, got off to a perfect start as midfielder Aitana Bonmati put them ahead in the third minute.
The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later when Caroline Hansen scored against her former club with a fine finish in the top left corner, while Jennifer Hermoso and Alexia Putellas added a goal each to make it 4-0 before the break.
Wolfsburg midfielder Jill Roord celebrated her 25th birthday by scoring for the visitors in the 70th minute, with the goal confirmed following a VAR review.
But champions Barcelona, in full control from the opening minutes, extended their lead when Putellas converted an 84th-minute penalty, leaving two-time champions Wolfsburg with a tough task in the second leg.
“What the players did (deserves) a 10,” said Barcelona manager Jonatan Giraldez. “The first half is definitely one of the best we’ve played this season.”
“Today was a very good game to show how ambitious we are,” added Guijarro.
“Two years ago we were sent home in the semi-finals against them and today, well, we played that way. There’s still one game left but we’ll go about it the same way we did. did it today, or even better.
Olympique Lyonnais will face Paris Saint-Germain in the other semi-final on Sunday, with the two return matches being played on April 30.
(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk, editing by Pritha Sarkar)