England’s Euro 2022 opener against Austria was played in front of 68,781 people at Old Trafford, breaking the record for highest attendance at a women’s European Championship match.
The Lionesses edged out a 1-0 win thanks to a first-half goal from Beth Mead in a rocking atmosphere in Manchester.
And Sarina Wiegman’s charges kept their nerve at what proved to be the most attended fixture in the history of the women’s European Championships.
The figure of 68,781 is nearly 30,000 higher than the previous record set back in 2013, when 41,301 watched Germany beat Norway in the final at the Friends Arena in Stockholm.
The third highest attendance came the last time England hosted the Euros in 2005, with 29,092 in the house across Manchester at the Etiihad Stadium as the Lionesses squeezed past Finland 3-2.
There will be one further opportunity for the record to be broken again later this tournament, with Wembley Stadium – which has a capacity of 90,000 – hosting the final on July 31.