What a painful ending! Brenden Aaronson and Union Berlin team-mates have hopes of pulling off historic result at Real Madrid dashed by late Jude Bellingham goal

Brenden Aaronson Union BerlinGetty

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  • Union Berlin beaten by Madrid
  • Aaronson came on in second half
  • USMNT man unable to influence match

Union Berlin made a strong impression in their first ever appearance in the Champions League, despite losing 1-0.

Coming up against the kings of the competition in the Santiago Bernabeu in their debut was a massive task, but the visitors held tight and came excruciatingly close to earning a point.

After handling the immense pressure from the Spanish side for 90 minutes, the visitors' hopes were destroyed by Jude Bellingham, whose wonderful start to life in Madrid continued with his sixth goal for the club right at the death.

The goal will come as a devastating blow to Union Berlin, who had done so well to keep the score level until stoppage time, but they can take a lot of pride from the performance.

Among those who dug in and came close to pulling off a historic upset was Aaronson, who came on in the second half and looked lively for the visitors, but it was not to be for the USMNT man and his co-stars.