Union Berlin 2-3 Real Madrid: Spanish side reach Champions League last 16 with 100% record

Joselu (right) played for Stoke between 2015 and 2017 before two years at Newcastle

Real Madrid came from behind to beat Union Berlin and reach the Champions League last 16 with a 100% record.

The hosts went ahead through Kevin Volland after goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow saved Luka Modric’s penalty.

A win would have taken the Germans into the Europa League play-offs, but former Stoke and Newcastle striker Joselu scored two headers to put Real ahead.

Alex Kral’s low shot made it 2-2, before Dani Ceballos finished from Jude Bellingham’s pass for the winning goal.

Fourteen-time European champions Real won all six of their Group C matches to end with 18 points, eight more than second-placed Napoli who beat Braga 2-0.

This was Union Berlin’s first campaign in the Champions League, but they finished bottom of the group with only two points to end their European involvement.

Real were awarded a 45th-minute penalty because of Diogo Leite’s handball but Ronnow saved Modric’s spot-kick, with the hosts going ahead shortly afterwards.

But they could not hang on as Joselu finished from crosses from Rodrygo and Fran Garcia to score twice in an 11-minute spell.

Kral made it 2-2 with five minutes left to give the home fans hope, only for Ceballos to score the last goal of the game in the 89th minute.

Reigning European champions Manchester City have already qualified and will also advance with a 100% record if they win at Red Star Belgrade on Wednesday in Group G.


Union Berlin

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Rønnow
  • 18JuranovicSubstituted forTrimmelat 82′minutes
  • 3JaeckelSubstituted forBeckerat 75′minutes
  • 31Knoche
  • 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
  • 26Roussillon
  • 19Haberer
  • 8KhediraBooked at 35minsSubstituted forKrálat 75′minutes
  • 6GosensSubstituted forLaïdouniat 75′minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 10VollandSubstituted forAaronsonat 82′minutes
  • 17Behrens


  • 7Aaronson
  • 11Fofana
  • 20Laïdouni
  • 27Becker
  • 28Trimmel
  • 33Král
  • 37Schwolow
  • 38Dehl
  • 39Stein

Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-2-2

  • 25Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 17Vázquez
  • 6Nacho
  • 4AlabaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forRüdigerat 71′minutes
  • 20García
  • 10Modric
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forKroosat 45′minutes
  • 19CeballosSubstituted forPazat 90′minutes
  • 5BellinghamBooked at 35mins
  • 14Joselu
  • 11RodrygoSubstituted forDíazat 80′minutes


  • 8Kroos
  • 13Lunin
  • 21Díaz
  • 22Rüdiger
  • 23Mendy
  • 28Martín
  • 31Cañizares
  • 32Paz
  • 33García
  • 36Tobias da Silva

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