Ibrahimovic leads Galaxy rally past LAFC in MLS debut

Ibrahimovic leads Galaxy rally past LAFC in MLS debut

Ibrahimovic leads Galaxy rally past LAFC in MLS debut

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice on his LA Galaxy debut including a victor in stoppage time as his new team battled back from three goals down to defeat the upstart LAFC 4-3 in a thrilling Major League Soccer (MLS) match on Saturday.

Ibrahimovic, 36, showed little signs of rustiness when he helped his team to come back from 3-0 behind, scoring the equaliser and winning goal for Galaxy on Saturday, reports Efe.

Less than a week after announcing his transfer to LA Galaxy FC, Zlatan Ibrahimovic made himself an instant hit in California.

"Don't worry about my age; when I came to England they all said I was old".

An incredible 40-yard volley made it 3-3 on 77 minutes, and as the clock ticked into injury time, the towering forward headed home the victor to seal a 4-3 win in the first meeting between the two LA clubs.

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Ibrahimovic won it in the opening seconds of stoppage time with a header off a cross by Ashley Cole to send a sold-out StubHub Center into hysterics. So I said this time, I shoot. You can't do something brilliant unless you dare to be brilliant, and Ibrahimovic is a flawless definition of the guy who always dares to be brilliant.

"If I had more strength, I would have run all over the pitch, but I just managed the one side of the field. That's a goal that will go around the world".

Ibrahimovic's victor was the final act of a thrilling first ever derby between the Galaxy and expansion side LAFC, who had surged into a 3-0 lead early in the second half after two goals from Carlos Vela and an own goal from Daniel Steres.

However Ibrahimovic had other ideas soon after coming on as a substitute with just under 20 minutes remaining. Bingham lost his footing, allowing Vela to tuck his shot in under the crossbar for his third MLS goal in three games.

When Daniel Steres scored an own goal in the second half to make it 3-0, the game looked over.

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