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LA Galaxy 4-3 Los Angeles Football Club

March 31, 2018
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The crowd were chanting ‘We want Zlatan!’ when LA Galaxy were 3-1 down in the closing stages

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his LA Galaxy debut with a match-winning cameo as his side came from 3-0 down to beat new boys Los Angeles FC.

The 36-year-old, stealing the show once more, came on with 20 minutes left and scored a remarkable equaliser from 35 yards before heading in a stoppage-time winner

“I heard the crowd saying ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan,’ he said.

“So I gave them Zlatan. They were pushing me, and I was giving back.”

Galaxy had pulled a goal back before Ibrahimovic was sent on in the 71st minute. And, after he was involved in the build-up for Chris Pontius’ header, the Swede struck.

There did not appear to be any immediate danger as an LA FC goal-kick was nodded back upfield but the former Manchester United forward crashed an unstoppable shot on the bounce over the head of goalkeeper Tyler Miller.

And Ibrahimovic scored the winner in stoppage time, nodding in at the near post from what might have been an offside position.

MLS tweet
“I am not arrogant, I am confident,” Zlatan told a news conference this week…

He was booked for taking his shirt off after his first goal, but even by his own high standards it was a sensational finish.

He had previously scored on his debuts for Manchester United, Paris St-Germain, Malmo, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus.

“My history when I come to a new team, I always score in the first game – I didn’t want to let it down this time,” he said.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
How LA Galaxy celebrated Zlatan’s opener

Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela had put the MLS new boys in control with two excellent goals in the first half, including a deft chip in off the underside of the crossbar.

An unfortunate own goal from Daniel Steres put Bob Bradley’s side 3-0 up, before a defensive error allowed Sebastian Lletget to pull one back.

Then – as so often in his career – it was time for Ibrahimovic to hog the headlines.

Line-ups

LA Galaxy

  • 1Bingham
  • 25Feltscher
  • 5Steres
  • 16Skjelvik
  • 3Cole
  • 2Kitchen
  • 14Carrasco
    Substituted forHusidicat 61′minutes
  • 19Pontius
    Substituted forRomneyat 84′minutes
  • 17Lletget
    Substituted forIbrahimovicat 71′minutesBooked at 78mins
  • 24Boateng
  • 11Kamara

Substitutes

  • 4Romney
  • 6Husidic
  • 9Ibrahimovic
  • 15Lassiter
  • 20Hilliard-Arce
  • 22Klimenta
  • 41vom Steeg

Los Angeles Football Club

  • 1Miller
  • 3Beitashour
  • 5Jakovic
  • 23Ciman
  • 44Bragança Moutinho
  • 33Feilhaber
    Substituted forBlackmonat 82′minutes
  • 14Kaye
  • 7Blessing
    Substituted forAtuestaat 68′minutes
  • 10Vela
  • 9Rossi
  • 21Ureña

Substitutes

  • 2Harvey
  • 11Kovar
  • 20Atuesta
  • 24Lyon
  • 25Zimmerman
  • 27Blackmon
  • 50Pacheco
Referee:
Mark Geiger
Attendance:
27,068

Match Stats

Home TeamLA GalaxyAway TeamLos Angeles Football Club
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home9
Away5

Live Text

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Match ends, LA Galaxy 4, Los Angeles Football Club 3.

Full Time

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Second Half ends, LA Galaxy 4, Los Angeles Football Club 3.

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Foul by Ashley Cole (LA Galaxy).

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Steven Beitashour (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

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Goal! LA Galaxy 4, Los Angeles Football Club 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ashley Cole with a cross.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles Football Club).

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Attempt missed. Eduard Atuesta (Los Angeles Football Club) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marco Ureña.

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Foul by Baggio Husidic (LA Galaxy).

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Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Marco Ureña (Los Angeles Football Club) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Diego Rossi following a fast break.

Substitution

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Substitution, LA Galaxy. Dave Romney replaces Chris Pontius.

Substitution

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Substitution, Los Angeles Football Club. Tristan Blackmon replaces Benny Feilhaber.

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Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by Perry Kitchen.

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Attempt blocked. Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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Foul by Ashley Cole (LA Galaxy).

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Eduard Atuesta (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Attempt blocked. Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark-Anthony Kaye.

Booking

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

Goal!

Posted at77′

Goal! LA Galaxy 3, Los Angeles Football Club 3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Steres with a headed pass.

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Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy).

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Carlos Vela (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

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Goal! LA Galaxy 2, Los Angeles Football Club 3. Chris Pontius (LA Galaxy) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Boateng.

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Attempt saved. Chris Pontius (LA Galaxy) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Emmanuel Boateng.

Substitution

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Substitution, LA Galaxy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic replaces Sebastian Lletget.

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Chris Pontius (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Posted at70′

Foul by Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club).

Substitution

Posted at68′

Substitution, Los Angeles Football Club. Eduard Atuesta replaces Latif Blessing.

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Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by Dejan Jakovic.

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Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by João Moutinho.

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Chris Pontius (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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Foul by Mark-Anthony Kaye (Los Angeles Football Club).

Substitution

Posted at61′

Substitution, LA Galaxy. Baggio Husidic replaces Servando Carrasco.

Goal!

Posted at61′

Goal! LA Galaxy 1, Los Angeles Football Club 3. Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Servando Carrasco.

Posted at58′

Attempt missed. Chris Pontius (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Emmanuel Boateng.

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Chris Pontius (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Foul by Latif Blessing (Los Angeles Football Club).

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Attempt missed. Rolf Feltscher (LA Galaxy) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Sebastian Lletget with a cross following a corner.

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Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by Steven Beitashour.

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Foul by Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy).


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