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Putellas nets a brace as La Liga champs crush Wolfsburg in front of a record 91,648 crowd

BARCELONA delivered an attacking masterclass Wolfsburg are unlikely to forget, hammering their rivals 5-1 in the Champions League.

The LaLiga Queens trounced their opponents at the Nou Camp with the crowd attendance surpassing the record set during their duel with Real Madrid.

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Alexia Putellas scored in both halves for Barcelona with the team bagging a hefty win against WolfsburgCredit: AFP
Aitana Bonmati (pictured after the game) netted Barcelona's opener

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Aitana Bonmati (pictured after the game) netted Barcelona’s openerCredit: AFP

And Barca’s victory – played in front of 91,648 fans – was their first in Europe against the two-time winners of the contest.

Wolfsburg, who are currently leading the pack Germany’s top-flight, came into the game off the back of a 3-1 a defeat of Bayern Munich in the DFB Pokal Cup.

But in this match, they were outclassed by their opponents’ quick passing and midfield dominance.

The last duel between the sides ended in a 1-0 victory for Tommy Stroot’s side in August 2020.  

But this clash was an altogether different story. It took just two minutes for the hosts to get off the mark.

They did so with Aitana Bonmati latching on to a free-kick launched forward to whip in the opener.

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And Fridolina Rolfo gave her old side a scare moments later firing wide of goal.

But the game was only eight minutes in before the home side went two-nil up.

This time with Caroline Graham Hansen punishing her former club slotting home after a neat exchange with Ana Maria Crnogorcevic.

Wolfsburg had their first shot on goal with Svenja Huth’s first effort blocked before the Germany ace forced a classy clearance off the line from Irene Paredes.

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This came moments before Wolfsburg keeper Almuth Schult took a ball to the face after a team-mate attempted to clear a cross.

Barca went 3-0 up near the half hour point with Jenni Hermoso burying an effort after a neat cutback from Torrejon

And the LaLiga champions made it four close to half-time with Alexia Putellas walloping the ball in at close range after her shot struck Schult and the post.

The second half saw the visitors attempt to up their game with Sveindis Jonsdottir firing a shot from distance.

Jill Roord was on target with a consolation goal for Wolfsburg in the second half

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Jill Roord was on target with a consolation goal for Wolfsburg in the second halfCredit: Getty

And the hosts had a goal disallowed for offside around the 49th minute before Huth attempted to lob Sandra Panos several minutes later.

The She-Wolves pulled one back towards the game’s closing stages with Jill Roord netting on her 25th birthday.

But Barca soon restored their four-goal advantage

They did so with skipper Putellas netting from the spot after Dominique Janssen, who endured a tough night, conceded a penalty.

And the result put the Catalan club in cruise control before their second leg clash on April 30th.  

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