It was a world record for a club match in women’s football as a crowd of 60.739 turned out to watch Atletico Madrid take on Barcelona in the Spanish capital. The Catalan side won by 2-0.
The top-of-the-table clash was played in Atletico men’s team’s Wanda Metropolitano instead of the women’s much smaller home stadium which has a capacity of 3.500.
The attendance shattered the previous European record of 48.121 who watched Athletic Bilbao’s women’s team play Atletico in a Copa del Rey match in Bilbao in January.
The former world record for a women’s club match was a game between Mexican sides Monterrey and Tigres in 2018, where 51.000 fans showed up. The record for any women’s match was set at the 1999 Women’s World Cup final when 90.185 people watched the United States beat China 5-4 on penalties at the Rose Bowl in California.
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Atlético’s women’s team usually play at the 3.376-seater Estadio Cerro del Espino, which is shared with Segunda División side CF Rayo Majadahonda.
Tickets for Atlético’s match against Barça – a top-of-the-table game in Liga Femenina Iberdrola – were free for club members and available for as little as €5 for the general public, ESPN reported.
Atletico were leading Barca by six points at the top of the Liga Iberdrola heading into the game but saw that deficit halved following goals from Asisat Oshoala and Duggan. There are six games left to run this season.