Barcelona vs Real Madrid Women's Champions League preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, starting line-ups
Tuesday, March 29, 2022
A world record crowd is expected at the Camp Nou on Wednesday as holders Barcelona defend a 3-1 quarter-final lead against Real Madrid.
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Barcelona hold a 3-1 lead in their UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid as for the first time they play a match in front of fans at the Camp Nou, with a record crowd expected.
The 60,739 that watched Barcelona at Atlético in March 2019 is considered the current best for a women's club match, and very quickly after this tie was announced for the Camp Nou in January, advance tickets sales stormed past that old mark. Even the unofficial overall best for any women's football game in Europe, 80,203 at the 2012 Olympic final between the United States and Japan at Wembley, seems set to go.
Madrid could have been travelling with a lead had they held on to the advantage Olga Carmona gave them last week, the first time reigning European champions Barcelona had trailed at half-time all season. But Alexia Putellas scored twice either side of a Claudia Pina goal, and Barcelona maintained their perfect all-time record against Madrid after six meetings. Key Madrid forward Kosovare Asllani and Marta Cardona are injured, as are Barcelona stars Lieke Martens and Asisat Oshoala.
Arsenal or Wolfsburg await the winners in the semis.
Last six games (most recent result first): WWWWWW
Last match: Madrid CF 1-2 Barcelona, 26/03 (Copa de la Reina quarter-finals)
Where they stand: Primera División champions, Copa de la Reina semi-finals
Last six games: (most recent result first): WLWLWW
Last match: Real Madrid 1-0 Levante, 26/03
Where they stand: 4th in Primera División, Copa de la Reina quarter-finals
Barcelona: Paños; Marta Torrejón, Paredes, Mapi León, Rolfö; Bonmatí, Guijarro, Alexia; Graham Hansen, Hermoso, Pina
Real Madrid: Misa; Lucía Rodríguez, Peter, Ivana Andrés, Svava; Teresa Abelleira, Zornoza; Athenea del Castillo, Maite Oroz, Olga Carmona; Esther Gonzalez
Misses semi-final first leg if booked: Esther
No away goals rule
The away goals rule no longer exists in UEFA club competition. If the tie is level after 90 minutes of the second legs, it will go to extra time and, if necessary, penalties.
View from the camps
Jonatan Giráldez, Barcelona coach: "It's a game in front of our fans at Camp Nou, it's very important. We have to do what we do in every game, in attack and defence: play our own game. Playing at Camp Nou will be a starting point. This team deserve it, also for their performances. It's a reward. We aren't just satisfied with going through; we want to win every game we play."
Alexia Putellas, Barcelona player: "The game is coming at the right time, everyone thought it was time and the players believe that we are capable of playing in front of so many people. The goal is to win.I encourage all fans to be a part of this, it will be a historic day. Itcould be the beginning of a new era. The match will inspire many people, especially girls, and in the future the fruits will be reaped. We are ready, we have dreamed of this all our lives. We are going to try to dominate, if the fans push us it will be a very strong asset."
Alberto Ttoril, Madrid coach: “I'm sure that we'll put in a good performance. The girls are really excited and firmly believe that they’re capable of competing well. We already saw that in the first leg, which was pretty evenly matched and there were spells when we were on top. We're capable of putting in a good performance. Coming up against Barcelona offers us a really good opportunity to improve and get closer to them. We've improved with every game and have come very close."
Ivana Andrés, Madrid player: “We come here feeling really motivated and raring to go, and excited because we performed to a really high standard in the first leg, particularly in the first half, in which we scored, but we could’ve done more. We performed to the standard that everyone expected, made life very difficult for them and made them feel very uncomfortable."
Where to watch
Every game in this season's new-look UEFA Women's Champions League from the group stage onwards is broadcast live in most territories on streaming platform DAZN, together with YouTube. The YouTube stream will also be embedded in the UEFA.com MatchCentre and on UEFA.tv for all UEFA Women's Champions League games, with highlights to follow at midnight CET.