(WATCH@STREAMS==))Real Madrid vs Union Berlin Live Free TV Broadcast on 20 September 2023
FC Union Berlin faces Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 (9/20/23) at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, Spain. Where to watch Real Madrid vs Union Berlin live stream, TV channel, lineups, odds for Champions League match
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Here’s what you need to know:
What: UEFA Champions League
Who: FC Union Berlin vs. Real Madrid
When: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Time: 12:45 p.m.
Where: Santiago Bernabéu Stadium
TV: TUDN (Mexico)
Real Madrid remained perfect in the Spanish league after it rallied again for a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Sunday.
Federico Valverde and Joselu scored early in the second half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid its fifth straight victory to start the league season.
The only team still with a perfect record, Madrid has a two-point lead over second-place Barcelona, which has won four in a row after opening with a draw.
Ander Barrenetxea put Sociedad ahead with a goal from inside the area only five minutes into the match after a cross by Japan forward Takefusa Kubo. Valverde equalized for Madrid less than a minute into the second half with a one-timer from outside the area, and Joselu scored the go-ahead goal in the 60th with a header off a cross by Fran Garcia, who also assisted in Valverde’s goal.
It was the third time that Madrid had to come from behind to pick up a win this season. It had also trailed early in victories against Almeria and Getafe.
“The good thing is that we have been able to overcome these early goals, but we have to analyze it and work to try to keep that from happening,” Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
Sociedad drew its first three matches but was coming off a win against Granada.
New Madrid signing Jude Bellingham had entered the match as one of the hottest players in the league, having scored five goals in the first four matches. The 20-year-old England midfielder nearly got his sixth goal with a diving close-range header that required a difficult save by Sociedad goalkeeper Álex Ramiro near the end of match.
Madrid, still without injured forward Vinícius Júnior, will be back at the Bernabeu on Wednesday to open its Champions League campaign in a group-stage match against Union Berlin.
After a gap of 18 years, veteran defender Sergio Ramos has played again for the club where he started his career as Sevilla defeated Las Palmas 1-0 for its first win of the season.
The 37-year-old Ramos began his career at Sevilla before joining rival Real Madrid. Some Sevilla fans were not happy with his recent signing but most showed their support on Sunday.
“It was very moving to be playing in front of these fans again,” said Ramos, who played the entire match.
Dodi Lukebakio scored a 71st-minute winner for Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium. The victory moved the club out of the relegation zone after three consecutive league losses to start the season.
It was the third loss in five matches for promoted Las Palmas, which remains winless and in the relegation zone.
Las Palmas had to make the trip from the Canary Islands in two separate flights after the club said 15 players missed the first flight.
Nemanja Maksimovic scored in the 86th as Getafe beat Osasuna 3-2 for its second win in three matches.
Mason Greenwood came on as a substitute late in the match to make his Getafe debut. Local media said some Osasuna fans said “Greenwood, die” when the forward entered the game. Greenwood left Manchester United following a criminal investigation into a possible attempted rape that was closed by prosecutors.
It was the second straight league loss for Osasuna.
Getafe’s Fabrizio Angileri was sent off in stoppage time.
Villarreal coach Jose “Pacheta” Martín debuted with a 2-1 victory against Almeria thanks to Alexander Sorloth’s winning header four minutes into stoppage time.
Real Madrid will take on Union Berlin in their group stage opener of the Champions League at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Group C also has Napoli and Braga but Madrid are the firm favourites to qualify as group winners.
Los Blancos have won all of their five Spanish La Liga games this season and their 100 per cent win record should give them confidence to ease past the side from Berlin. New signing Jude Bellingham has scored five goals in as many games and will be looking to get off to a stellar start in Madrid's European campaign.
Union Berlin won their first three matches of the new season but has suffered defeat in their last two outings. They will be nervous about taking on Madrid away from home but a point would be considered a good result for the Bundesliga team.
Champions League football returns to the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid take on Union Berlin in the first game of this Group Stage. Los Blancos should be considered the heavy favorites to win the game in fairly comfortable fashion but at the same time they should not take Union Berlin lightly.
Coach Carlo Ancelotti will likely make some rotations in order to keep his regulars fresh for Sunday’s crucial Madrid Derbi against Atletico in the Civitas Metropolitano, a tough and intense away game which will require an inspired performance in order to earn the three points.
Madrid should try their very best to cruise against Union Berlin tonight. If they can put them away by the 60th minute, Ancelotti could use his bench and give players like Brahim, Ceballos or Mendy a chance to play some minutes to work themselves into form.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side were well-beaten in the semi-finals last season by eventual winners Manchester City, and it would be no surprise if the two clubs met again further down the line.
For now though the focus is the group-stage, with Madrid up against Napoli, Braga and Union Berlin as they look to reach the knockout stages with minimal fuss.
It would be no surprise if Jude Bellingham took centre stage on his first Champions League appearance for the club, having much a stunning start to life in Madrid. The midfielder has five La Liga goals in as many games so far this season.