Player Ratings: Real Madrid 1-0 Union Berlin – 2023/24

Real Madrid secured a 1-0 win over Union Berlin in their Champions League opener thanks to a stoppage time winner from Jude Bellingham.

It was a rather frustrating game for Real Madrid who were thwarted by Frederik Ronnow and Union Berlin’s solid defence. However, a 94th minute winner from Jude Bellingham made sure Real Madrid kicked off their first European game of the season with all three points.

Player ratings:

Starting XI:

Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6/10

Very quiet game for the Spaniard who had practically nothing to do. Union Berlin didn’t register a shot on target.

Lucas Vazquez: 7.5/10

Vazquez put in a solid shift defensively and didn’t allow the opponent much room down the right flank.  The Spaniard could have done a little more to offer his team more width.

Antonio Rüdiger: 7/10

Another solid performance from the German who dealt with Union Berlin’s counter-attacks with relative ease.

Nacho Fernandez: 7/10

Ancelotti chose to rest Fran Garcia ahead of Sunday’s Madrid derby and Nacho did not disappoint. The Captain put in a very good performance alongside Rüdiger.

David Alaba: 7/10

Started tonight’s game at left-back. The Austrian put in a decent shift but lacked that extra bit of attacking threat.

Luka Modrić: 8/10

Real Madrid’s best player on the night. The Croatian bossed the middle of the park and showed yet again that age is just a number.

Aurélien Tchouaméni: 6.5/10

Tchouaméni put in a decent shift and was fairly comfortable in possession. The only downside to his performance was the fact that he moved the ball a little too slowly at times.

Eduardo Camavinga: 6.5/10

Recycled the ball nicely but didn’t make any significant contributions.

Jude Bellingham: 8/10

Real Madrid’s saviour once again. The Englishman wasn’t quite at his best but scored the all-important winner on his Champions League debut for Real Madrid.

Rodrygo Goes: 7/10

Rodrygo was once again Real Madrid’s liveliest player in attack and was unlucky not to score after hitting the woodwork and being denied by some good saves from Ronnow.

Joselu: 6.5/10

Found himself in the right positions and did everything right but it was just one of those days for him. The Spaniard hit the woodwork and Union’s keeper made a few decent saves to deny him.


Toni Kroos: 7/10 Came on to replace Camavinga. The German raised Madrid’s tempo.

Fede Valverde: 7.5/10 Came on to replace Tchouaméni. The Uruguayan was excellent coming on. His shot led to Bellingham’s winner.

Fran Garcia: 6/10 Came on to replace Nacho. The Spaniard added some much needed pace down the left.

Brahim Diaz: N/A Came on to replace Luka Modrić late on.

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