Don’t miss the complete playback and highlights of the Union Berlin vs Real Madrid match. It’s from the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024, Group C – Matchday 6. The game kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, December 12, 2023.
Union Berlin vs Real Madrid Full Match Reports
Real Madrid capped off their UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage with a flawless record for only the third time in their storied history, securing a thrilling 3-2 victory over Union Berlin with a late goal from Dani Ceballos.
Although Real Madrid had already secured their spot in the knockout stages as group winners with an impeccable five wins from five, the encounter could be considered a “dead rubber.” Surprisingly, manager Carlo Ancelotti opted for a robust lineup, showcasing ambition in pursuit of a record 42nd UCL win under his helm. The visitors, however, dodged an early setback when Kepa Arrizabalaga skillfully tipped Kevin Behrens’ sharp volley over the bar.
Despite this fortunate escape, Real Madrid swiftly seized control. Jude Bellingham’s close-range attempt was thwarted by Frederik Rønnow, and Joselu’s header struck the woodwork. The match continued to deliver opportunities on both ends, and Real earned a prime chance to take the lead when Diogo Leite handled Ceballos’ cross. Luka Modrić took the penalty, but Rønnow denied the Croatian with a remarkable save. Union capitalized on this reprieve just before halftime, with Kevin Volland capitalizing on a poor clearance from David Alaba to score past Kepa.
Eager to build on this momentum, Union nearly doubled their lead early in the second half, with Robin Gosens heading narrowly over the bar. Real Madrid responded vigorously before the hour mark, with Rodrygo denied by an outstanding Rønnow save. The breakthrough came moments later as Joselu, connecting with Rodrygo’s delivery, headed home to level the scores.
The final 25 minutes unfolded as a captivating contest, with Union pressing for a win that could propel them into the UEFA Europa League play-off round. However, it was Real Madrid that completed the turnaround in the 72nd minute. Joselu secured his brace by heading in Fran García’s cross. Union mounted a late response, and Král found the net from the edge of the box three minutes from time.
With Union requiring one more goal to extend their European journey, they launched a relentless assault, but Real Madrid had the last word. Ceballos’ low effort, deflected into the far corner, sealed a sixth consecutive group stage victory for Los Blancos. In contrast, Union Berlin concluded their inaugural UCL campaign without a win (D2, L4), shifting their focus to the Bundesliga relegation battle.
Man of the Match: Joselu (Real Madrid).