Barcelona thrash Real Madrid in front of record women’s crowd

Barcelona produced a sensational Clasico display to thrash Real Madrid and reach the Champions League semi-finals as a vibrant Nou Camp set the record attendance for a women’s football match.

The hosts took a 3-1 lead into the second leg and then came from 2-1 down to win 5-2 on the night for what was an emphatic 8-3 aggregate victory.

Some 91,553 fans were inside the ground to witness the resounding win, breaking the attendance record set during the World Cup final between the United States and China in 1999.

Barcelona looked to have effectively killed off the tie when Maria Pilar Leon’s cross looped in after eight minutes, but Real hit back immediately and threatened an upset.

Olga Carmona converted from the penalty spot following a handball by Irene Paredes and Claudia Zornoza’s stunning strike put them ahead just after the break.

But goals in quick succession from Aitana Bonmati and Claudia Pina put Barcelona back in control, before Alexia Putellas and Caroline Graham Hansen added gloss to the success over their Spanish rivals.

The defending champions will now face Arsenal or Wolfsburg in the last four.

Source: BBC

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