Over 68,000 spectators on Sunday watched Asisat Oshoala’s goal live in a high profile match between Barcelona versus Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Spain.
The Nigerian international’s goal was remarkable as the stadium played host to a world record attendance for a women’s club football ever recorded in Spain.
Over 68,000 attended the match which saw Barcelona record a 2-0 win, cutting the gap at the top of the league to just three points thanks to goals from Asisat Oshoala and England international Toni Duggan.
The crowd of as Atletico Madrid eclipsed the previous record of 48,121 for the match between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid set in January for a Copa del Rey match at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao.
Tickets for Sunday’s match started at £4.20 each, with Atletico club members being allowed to pick up entrances for free.
The club said the game was ‘sold out’ a few days in advance. Last season, more than 22,000 watched Atletico’s women’s squad play its first game at the Wanda. It usually hosts its matches at a smaller venue in Madrid.
The women’s club game with the highest attendance in Europe reportedly was played in 1920, when 53,000 people watched Dick, Kerr Ladies play St. Helen’s Ladies at Everton’s Goodison Park stadium, according to the English Football Association.
The record for any women’s match was the 90,185 people who watched the 1999 World Cup final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl. At the 2012 Olympic final in London, 80,203 people saw the United States defeat Japan 2-1 to win the gold medal.