(CTN News) – A crucial 94th-minute goal by Jude Bellingham sealed Champions League Real Madrid’s 1-0 victory over Union Berlin at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, as the Spanish giants began their Group C campaign with a win.
Union Berlin’s Champions League debut was spoiled by this victory.
It appeared that the match was heading for a draw until Federico Valverde’s shot deflected off two Union players in the penalty area, setting up Bellingham to score his sixth goal in as many games in the league.
By scoring a late goal, Champions League: Real Madrid were not only able to maintain their perfect record to this point in the season, marking their sixth consecutive victory.
As Bellingham, who joined Madrid from Borussia Dortmund for 103 million Euros in June, expressed his joy at his successful start up with the club, saying, “I’m a confident boy, but I couldn’t have hoped for things to start as well as they have in terms of goals as well.”.
A big thank you to his team for integrating him seamlessly into the squad, which he also praised.
A resolute Union defence, marshaled by veteran Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, a recent signing from Juventus, dominated possession in the first half, but Real Madrid were unable to get past a Real Madrid side dominated by possession and possession possession.
There were two early headed chances for Real Madrid’s Joselu, but he failed to convert either of them.
After the break, Champions League: Real Madrid launched a spirited offensive effort and Rodrygo almost scored twice, having first had a shot saved by the keeper Frederik Ronnow and then hitting the post with a powerful volley after he had a shot saved by Ronnow.
During the course of the match, Union Berlin began to tire, and Real Madrid continued to push forward, as the match progressed. Carlo Ancelotti made the decision to add substitute Valverde and Toni Kroos to the midfield as a means of strengthening this area.
It appeared Union Berlin would be able to secure a surprise victory despite late opportunities for Joselu, Antonio Rudiger, and Rodrygo. Real Madrid’s resistance was shattered, however, by Bellingham’s goal on his debut for the club in the Champions League.
Despite the fact that Union Berlin may be disappointed to concede late, their performance provided hope for their Champions League campaign, as they aim to progress beyond this stage of the competition.
Next on October 3, Union Berlin will play host to Portugal’s Braga, while Real Madrid will visit Napoli, the Italian champions, for their match.