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Oshoala may miss as Barca set to break record attendance

Asisat Oshoala (FC Barcelona, 20); Aktion, action

Barcelona are expected to break the world attendance record for a women’s club football match when they face Real Madrid at the Nou Camp later this month.

Tickets are sold out in all sections except for certain VIP areas of the 99,354-capacity stadium for the Champions League quarter-final Clasico on March 30.

The club has confirmed there are no more tickets available but they do not separate data between tickets sold and those allocated to members.

Regardless, the attendance is set to break the 60,739 record for a club match previously set at the Wanda Metropolitano when Barcelona Femeni beat Atletico Madrid Femenino there in March 2019.

That game beat a previous record which had stood for almost 100 years, when Dick, Kerr Ladies against St Helens Ladies pulled a 53,000 crowd in at Goodison Park on Boxing Day in 1920.

It will also be the first time Barca Femeni will play at the Nou Camp in front of supporters, after playing their first match there behind-closed-doors last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala may however miss the action as she is still battling with injury. Oshoala it will be recalled missed Super Falcons return leg tie in Abidjan with Barca confirming that the former Arsenal ace ruled out for 10 weeks.

Unless she springs surprise with her recovery she might miss the March 30 Champions league tie dubbed mother of all clashes. She is currently the top scorer in the Spanish Primera Division with 19 goals in 16 matches for the Blaugranes and would have loved to increase the tally in front of breathtaking crowd.

Top five women’s club football attendances

  1. 60,739 – March, 2019: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid at the Wanda Metropolitano
  2. 53,000 – December, 1920: Dick, Kerr Ladies vs St Helens Ladies at Goodison Park
  3. 51,211 – May, 2018: Monterrey vs Tigres at Estadio BBVA Bancomer
  4. 48,121 – January, 2019: Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid at the San Mames stadium
  5. 35,000 – May, 2003: Athletic Bilbao vs Hispalis at the San Mames stadium

The women’s team can become Spanish champions if they beat Real in the league this weekend.

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