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Bellingham saved Real again in injury time

Published:2023-09-21 By Hồng Duy(MetaSports) Comments
Spain Rookie Jude Bellingham scored in the fourth minute of injury time to help Real win 1-0 against Union Berlin in the opening round of Group C Champions League.

At the Bernabeu on September 20, Real created a one-sided match by controlling the ball 76%, receiving 16 corner kicks, finishing 32 times with seven shots on target, while Union Berlin had only four finishes off target.

Completely overwhelmed, but the royal team only won three points thanks to the 32nd shot in the fourth minute of injury. From a corner on the left wing, Toni Kroos made a short pass for Federico Valverde to fire from outside the penalty area. The ball touched two Union Berlin players and reached the right range for Bellingham to kick into the empty goal, causing the Bernabeu stadium to explode.

At 20 years and 83 days old, Bellingham is the youngest player to score the winning goal in the 90th minute for Real in the Champions League, and is also the youngest English player to do so for any team in the tournament.

Among Real's rookies this summer, Bellingham - whose transfer fee was 110 million USD from Dortmund - is the most expected. He continuously shined when he scored five goals in five matches in La Liga, with one goal in the 2-1 win over Getafe, one goal in the 1-0 win over Celta Vigo, a double in the 3-1 win over Almeria and the Super The volley hit the top corner in his debut 2-0 win over Bilbao. The 20-year-old midfielder only failed in the 2-1 win over Sociedad last weekend.

Thanks to that, Bellingham became the fourth Real player to open fire in both the Champions League and La Liga debut in the 21st century, after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009, Isco Alarcon in 2013 and Marco Asensio in 2016.

This is the first time the two teams have met in an official match, with Union Berlin becoming Real's 150th opponent in European tournaments.

Union Berlin made a splash when it finished fourth in the Bundesliga last season to qualify for the Champions League for the first time. This was a magical journey when Union Berlin was still playing in the German second division four years ago. However, the Bundesliga representative could not create a surprise against the most traditional club in the Champions League.

In the first half, the team under Carlo Ancelotti pressed the field by shooting 14 times with three shots on target, but could not score. The same scenario took place in the first half, and Real only broke the opponent's net in the final seconds.

In the remaining match, defending Serie A champion Napoli won 2-1 at Braga thanks to Giovanni Di Lorenzo and an counter kick from Sikou Niakate. In the second round of Group C on October 3, Real will fight Napoli in Italy, while Braga will play Union Berlin.

Real only has four days off before marching to Atletico's stadium in round six of La Liga on September 24.

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