Women’s Champions League semi-final between Barcelona and Wolfsburg draws world record crowd of 91,648 at Camp Nou
Posted On April 23, 2022
The Camp Nou stadium broke its own world record for a women’s soccer match on Friday when more than 91,600 fans revelled in Barcelona’s 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg in the first leg of their Women’s Champions League semi-final.
Until a month ago, the world record crowd for a women’s football match stood at 90,185 at the 1999 Women’s World Cup final
Now the record has been broken twice in a month, with the latest mark, 91,648, at the Camp Nou stadium for Barcelona vs Wolfsburg in the Women’s Champions League
Barcelona takes a 5-1 lead into the second leg of their semi-final in Germany on May 1
The 91,648 spectators counted by club officials surpassed the 91,553 who turned out to see Barcelona beat Real Madrid last month.
Previously, the record for a women’s game was 90,185 which was recorded at the 1999 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl.
Alexia Putellas led Barcelona with two goals. The Ballon d’Or winner was one of four goal-scorers for Barcelona in the first half before she earned and converted a late penalty to give her a competition-leading 10 goals.
“We are very happy, not just for the result but also for the atmosphere at the stadium. It is spectacular that we have set a new record,” Barcelona midfielder Patricia Guijarro said.
The German visitors were stunned from the start when Aitana Bonmatí latched onto a long pass and scored just two minutes after kick-off.
Caroline Graham Hansen doubled the advantage in the 10th minute when she used a sleek change of foot to dodge the sliding tackle of the last defender before curling a left-footed shot inside the far post.
Jennifer Hermoso made it 3-0 in the 33rd minute after finishing off a gorgeous team build-up.
It was then Putellas’ turn after she was played through by Guijarro. Goalkeeper Almuth Schult deflected her shot but it bounced off the post and rolled over the line.
Jill Roord pulled one back for Wolfsburg in the 73rd minute when Tabea Wassmuth set her up.
Schult dove the wrong way when Putellas took her spot kick in the 84th minute after she was fouled in the box by Dominique Janssen.
The second leg will be in Germany on May 1 (AEST).
Lyon hosts Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the first leg of the other semi-final.
Barcelona is seeking to repeat its treble from last season. It has already clinched the Spanish league and is in the Copa de la Reina semi-finals.