Union Berlin got on Real Madrid’s nerves with their iron football in their Champions League debut and narrowly missed out on a sensation thanks to a last-minute goal from Jude Bellingham. With the Italian European champion Leonardo Bonucci as the new defense chief, the Bundesliga team ultimately had to admit defeat 0-1 (0-0) to the record winners of the premier class on Wednesday evening after an excellent tactical performance and a lot of luck with the post.

Bellingham redeemed the Royals in front of over 80,000 spectators at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu with his goal in the fourth minute of added time against the passionately defending selection of coach Urs Fischer. Despite the defeat at the start of the European Cup, the Berliners can tackle the upcoming tasks in the Bundesliga, where a negative trend must be averted after two defeats. On Saturday, TSG Hoffenheim comes to the stadium at the Alte Försterei.

The entry controls at 1. FC Union Berlin’s first Champions League appearance have caused considerable anger among some Iron Team supporters. According to the Bundesliga club, around 300 members of the organized fan scene even decided not to go to the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu despite having a ticket in protest. The reason for this was that they were not allowed to take their utensils with them, it was said.

3,840 Union fans traveled to Madrid via the official contingent for the away team. The number of Iron supporters was probably significantly higher. In the afternoon they celebrated loudly at the fan festival at Puerta del Sol in great atmosphere.

In the second 6 p.m. game this Wednesday, Galatasaray Istanbul and FC Copenhagen drew 2-2 (0-1) in Group A. The first group game day will conclude from 9 p.m., including the game between Bayern Munich and Manchester United (read here how you can watch the game live).

The second matchday of the group phase will be played on October 3rd and 4th.