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Nearly 14,000 fans in the Calderón for Atleti-Barça

Huge queues formed outside the stadium ahead of the game and some Primera sides have pulled in smaller crowds so far this season.

Nearly 14,000 fans in the Calderón for Atleti-Barça
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The match between Atlético Féminas and Club Femení Barcelona had already made history before a ball had been kicked, by being staged in the Calderón. But the interest the game generated was unforeseen by match day organisers and people were still entering the stadium at half time as huge queues formed outside.

Crowd bigger than most Segunda sides

In the end, attendance stood at 13,935, almost a third of the Calderón’s capacity. To put that in context, only four Segunda División sides have pulled in more this season; Zaragoza, Córdoba, Oviedo and Cádiz.

Primera teams Real Sociedad, Málaga, Granada have also had smaller crowds at Anoeta, La Rosaleda and Los Cármenes and others, including Alavés, Osasuna and Celta, have managed only a handful more at least once during the season so far.

At 11am, an hour before kick-off, the queues were snaking round the streets outside the stadium but Atlético had only opened three gates and with the game 15 minutes old the club had to open another.

Once inside, the crowd cheered, sang and applauded a fiercely contested game, one that will go down in history and hopefully will be repeated.