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: 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.
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
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.
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.