Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a man who needs no encouragement to attain headlines, took 19 minutes to establish his MLS legend
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, a man who needs no encouragement to construct headlines, took all of 19 minutes to establish his MLS legend. The Swede came on as a substitute in the 71 st minute for his LA Galaxy debut with his squad 3-1 down. He promptly scored a brilliant aim: a dipping, stinging shot over the keeper from 40 yards out. That, of course, wasn’t enough for the man who announced his arrival in MLS by telling the press that” the lion is hungry “. He went on to score the win in added time as Galaxy beat LA FC in the first ever Los Angeles derby.
“[ The fans] were shouting’ We want Zlatan ‘. I devoted them Zlatan ,” he told after the game.
It had appeared that LAFC would win the first ever’ El Trafico’- named for the city’s snarled freeways- when Carlos Vela scored twice in the first 30 minutes, and Galaxy were 3-0 just after half-time when Daniel Steres deflected the ball past his own keeper. When Sebastian Lletget pulled one back for Galaxy in the 61 st minute it appeared it would be little more than a succour objective. And then Ibrahimovic took the stage.
He had a part in Galaxy’s second – his cross was deflected and eventually fell to Emmanuel Boateng, who set-up Chris Pontius’s powerful header. The best was yet to come though: in the 77 th-minute the ball dropped to the Swede around 40 yards out and he ripped a dip shot over Tyler Miller in the LAFC goal. Ibrahimovic, who was entitled to be pleased with his afternoon so far, was booked for tearing off his shirt during the course of its ensuing celebrations.
And then came the win. Another former Premier League player- Ashley Cole- scooped the ball across the six-yard area and Ibrahimovic headed home the win. There was more of hint of offside but Ibrahimovic had written his own legend. Again.
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