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Juventus striker Eniola Aluko says that recently recorded crowds in women's games can be the norm


Juventus won the 1-0 match against Fiorentina

Eniola Aluko says that she can "completely" see a day when crowds of around 40,000 are the norm in women's football.

The English striker played Juventus in front of 39,000 fans in Allianz Stadium on Sunday – a record for a women's game in Italy.

60,739 people attended Barcelona a week before Atletico Madrid had been hit by Wanda Metropolitano – a record of excellent domestic women's match in Europe.

"It's a saying that this shouldn't be like one-off now," Aluko said.

"The last two weeks are a microcosm as to what the future is.

"It's now about the clubs taking the stage and doing it – marketing games, marketing it across social media and doing it and not being afraid."

Athletic Bilbao previously held the European domestic record when 48,121 attended his cup match against Atletico at San Mames Stadium in January.

In May 2018, a large crowd of 45,423 Wembley packs packed in to watch Chelsea to beat London Arsenal 3-1 rivals to win the FA Cup for the second time, the biggest crowd for England's domestic game in the new era full-time.

"When women's football was put on a huge platform in the last few years and put on the market properly, people come out as they watch in the men's game," said Aluko to BBC Football Daily podcast.

"We are talking about as long as now we are in this place where Atletico v Barcelona has gone before 60,000 people.

"The tune is there. The quality is there. The media is interested."

There were tears before they played in front of a crowd who had sold out;

Denmark's Sofie Junge Pedersen won the winning goal against Fiorentina

The game against Fiorentina was the first time Juventus Women played in Allianz Stadium, the land where the men's side play all their home games.

The tickets were free and the attendance broke the previous record of 14,000 for a female game.

"Everything was the same as men," said Aluko.

"I hope next season, maybe in the Champions League or in another league match, we could do it again."

"It was absolutely incredible to see a whole house.

"There was a lot of tears and feelings.

"A large number of these girls, especially Italian girls, grew up thinking that this could never happen."

"I was lucky enough to play at Wembley four times with the national team, the Olympics and Chelsea.

"I'm exposed to him but I was even overwhelmed."

Listen to the full interview with winner Juventus Eniola Aluko on the latest program of the Football Daily podcast.


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