Ibrahimovic nails two
2 April, 2018, 12:00 am
CARSON, Calif. – Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his LA Galaxy debut including a winner in stoppage time as his new team battled back from three goals down to defeat the upstart LAFC 4-3 on Saturday.
Ibrahimovic, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, scored six minutes into his first MLS game with a dipping 35-metre shot that soared over the outstretched arms of LAFC goalie Tyler Miller.
The Swedish striker followed up with a gutsy header in the 91st minute from a pass by Ashley Cole that proved to be Galaxy’s winner, sending the sell-out crowd of 27,068 into a frenzy on a sun-soaked day in Southern California.
“I heard the crowd saying ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan’,” the 36-year-old told reporters. “So I gave them Zlatan. They were pushing me and I was giving back.”
The inaugural “El Traffico” derby was all one-way traffic at the start as expansion team LAFC immediately put pressure on a short-handed Galaxy squad, who were playing without Romain Alessandrini, Jonathan dos Santos and Giovani dos Santos. Carlos Vela’s curler into the top left corner in the fifth minute gave LAFC an early lead. The Mexican struck again 21 minutes later from close range when Galaxy keeper David Bingham fell down and Vela hit the top of the crossbar before the ball landed over the line.