After a record-breaking night in the Women’s Champions League, Alexia Putellas hailed Barcelona’s win over Real Madrid at a sold-out Camp Nou as “utterly wonderful.”
Barcelona won 5-2 in the second leg and 8-3 on aggregate, securing a spot in the semi-finals. Ballon d’Or Feminin winner Putellas scored the fourth goal as Barcelona won 5-2 in the second leg and 8-3 on aggregate.
After falling behind 2-1 in the first half, the defending European club champions dominated the second half, with a flurry of goals delighting a record crowd of 91,553 people.
That is the all-time biggest attendance for a women’s football game. In terms of club football, it outnumbered the 60,739 who watched Atletico Madrid play Barcelona at Wanda Metropolitano three years ago.
“This has been totally amazing,” Captain Putellas stated. The crowd simply did not want to leave when the game was over. While we were celebrating, there was such a strong bond between them and us. It was fantastic to hear kids sing about wanting to go to Turin.”
Barcelona will face either Arsenal or Wolfsburg in the semi-finals, with the final taking place on May 21 at Juventus’ Allianz Stadium in Turin.
GRÀCIES, AFICIÓ! pic.twitter.com/ug1Qd4QsQd
— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) March 30, 2022
Putellas explained that the sight of a bumper crowd inside Barcelona’s home stadium was uplifting for the women’s team, who play most of their games at the 6,000-capacity Estadi Johan Cruyff.
She said, quoted on uefa.com: “When tickets sold out in just three days I admit that we were all a little surprised because it tells you how much the fans want to see you in the Camp Nou, how much they want you to win.”
The experience was “beyond comparison”, she added.
“To come out and see this stadium full to the brim… indescribable.”
About yesterday night pic.twitter.com/zEnb2EVI6H
— FC Barcelona Femení (@FCBfemeni) March 31, 2022
Team-mate Fridolina Rolfo gave the morning-after verdict on Thursday.
“Wow, it is hard to put into words just how special that was,” Rolfo wrote on Twitter. “For me it was a dream come true and I hope that it shows young girls all over the world that football is for them and that they can achieve whatever they dream of achieving.
“We are just getting started.”