Barca players beat Wolfsburg in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final this Friday in front of a record number of spectators for a women’s match (91,648) at the Camp Nou.
FC Barcelona, the defending champions, beat Wolfsburg 5-1 on Friday to break the record for a women’s football match (91,648 spectators) at Camp Nou, in the first leg of the semi-finals of the Women’s Champions League, and in the final. The Catalan, who had never scored a goal in his last four appearances against the German formation, rocked the German net five times in his Camp Nou victory on Friday evening.
Three weeks after the attendance record (91,553 spectators) was set (won 5-2) in the quarter-final return for the Continental Clasico against Real Madrid (won 5-2), the record was broken once again this Friday by Catalan supporters. And it didn’t take long for Europe’s largest stadium to vibrate: the stadium ignited from the third minute, on opener signed Etana Bonmati, at the end of a long ball delivered by Fridolina Rolfo.
The Barcelona men then entered whirlwind mode and offered the first period of the anthology: in the 10th minute, Caroline Graham Hansen slammed into the green defence, beat Joel Wedemeyer with a hook, and left his ball for 2–0. placed in the corner.
Half an hour into the game (33rd), Jennifer Hermoso converted Marta Torejón’s fine back pass into the field. And in the 38th, Alexia Putelas rushed into the giant breech opened by the German curtain in the middle, perfectly served deep by Mapei Lyon, and beat Almuth Schultz two feet before the break for 4-0. It was then that chants of “Alexia, Alexia” descended from the stands to the rhythm of “Messi, Messi”, comparing the 2021 Ballon d’Or to the club’s Argentine legend, who left for Paris SG last summer. If Barca, who are already champions of Spain, manage to win the Champions League for a second time in a row, the Ballon d’Or 2022 will still reach the Putellas this summer.
A lesson that owes much to the brilliance of the players of Jonathan Giraldez, who replaced Luis Cortés on the Blaugrana bench last summer…
They had the opportunity to close the gap in the first half (14th), but Irene Paredes made two big saves on two close-range strikes from Svendis Jonsdottir to keep the advantage with goalkeeper Sandra Panos. And it was not until the 73rd minute that the Germans found the breach, concluded by Jill Ruard on a deep ball and validated after a lengthy video interruption. A goal was neutralized in the 85th by Putelas, who converted himself into a penalty to sign a double.
This goal from Verts offers only a tiny bit of hope for Tommy Strott’s players. But the technician will have to change everything in the return match, on Saturday 30 April at the Wolfsburg Arena, if he wants to avoid seeing his team once again humiliated by the Catalans at home.