Zlatan Ibrahimovic Scores On LA Galaxy Debut

45-Yard Volley In Amazing Comeback

Zlatan Ibrahimovic LA Galaxy

Zlatan Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score twice in his debut for LA Galaxy. The 36-year-old was a 71st-minute substitute as Galaxy trailed 3-1 to MLS new boys local rivals LAFC.

Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela scored twice in the first half to put LA in control. An own goal by Steres three minutes into the second half put LA 3-0 ahead in the inaugural Los Angeles derby and the points were seemingly in the bag. But Sebastian Lletget pounced on a defensive error to bring the deficit down to two.

Ibrahimovic came off the bench with less than 20 minutes to go. He made an immediate impact playing a part in Chris Pontius’s goal to make it 3-2. But the veteran Swede got on the scoresheet with a spectacular 45-yard half-volley with LAFC keeper Tyler Miller in no-man’s land.

Finally, Ibrahimovic got the winner as he nodded home in injury time to give Galaxy all three points.

“I heard the crowd saying ‘We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan,’” Ibrahimovic said after the match.

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

He added: “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.

“When you have a team that welcomes you in the best way it makes it more easy for you. When you score goals and you see the happiness in your team you just want to keep going.”

The victory was Galaxy’s second of the season and it puts them up to second place in the MLS Western Conference. The side had the worst record in the league last season.

Ibrahimovic’s appearance was his first since he went off at half-time in Manchester United’s 2-2 draw with Burnley at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.