Barcelona have they confirmed they will host the second leg of their Women’s Champions League quarter-final tie against Real Madrid at Camp Nou on 30 March.
El Clásico is the standout tie of the round and will mark only the second time that a competitive women’s match has been played in the iconic stadium.
However, it will still be a first with fans after last season’s city derby against Espanyol on the Camp Nou pitch was played behind closed doors due to Covid-19.
“FC Barcelona will do all it can to ensure that the largest possible crowd is in the stadium to support the team in such a high-profile fixture whilst at the same time following all the protocols and regulations set out by the health authorities,” a club statement read.
A Barcelona women’s XI first played an exhibition game at Camp Nou in 1971. The club as we know them now was founded in 1988 and has come to dominate Spanish women’s football within the last 10 years, translating that into European glory for the first time last season.
Real Madrid are much newer to the women’s football scene. They took over Madrid club CD Tacon in 2019 and official rebranded in 2020, qualifying for the Champions League in only their second season as a top flight club and first using the Real Madrid name.
Los Blancos pulled off a major shock to get this far, eliminating Manchester City in the qualifying rounds, before finishing second in their group behind French giants Paris Saint-Germain.
Real will host the first leg of the quarter-final tie and typically play home games at the 6,000-capacity Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano located at the club’s training centre.