MILAN: Juventus Women drew 39,000 spectators, a record for a women's football match in Italy when they played for the first time on Sunday (March 24) at the Allianz Stadium in Turin.

The crowd, almost three times the previous record of 14,000 in 2008, gave Juventus a 1-0 win over second-placed Fiorentina with a late goal by Sofie Young Pedersen.

The tickets were free, although they had to be reserved in advance.

Defending champion Juventus are four points clear of the twelve-man team after three games.

A series A for women was first established in Italy in 1968, although this season it was only the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) subordinated.

"To win the lead and win in front of all these people is emotional," said Juventus coach Rita Guarino.

"I look back and think of all the people who have struggled with me to appreciate this sport more and followed: This was really an important day."

Juventus debuted last season in Serie A Women and immediately won the title.

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