Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores stunning goal in MLS debut

02 April, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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We saw one of the best games in the history of the MLS and definitely the game and the goal of the season so far in 2018.

Carlos Vela, LAFC's Mexican star, had two goals - the first a sublime curling shot. Furthermore, they extended the lead only a few minutes in the second half.

Ibrahamovic duly entered the field in the 71st minute, and two minutes later, an attack he'd instigated led to a Galaxy goal.

Ismael Tajouri dribbled it to the right side of the penalty box from about 40 yards out and fed it to Maximiliano Moralez who, with the help of a deflection off Yeferson Quintana, made it 2-1 for NYCFC (4-0-1) in the 60th minute. Tied at 3-3, Zlatan scored on his first appearance with his new club and everyone in the stadium was pleased with the result. "Let me first enjoy it here", Ibrahimovic said. To conclude this unbelievable game he scores in extra time to give the win. The Swede has scored on his debut at Manchester United, Paris St Germain, Barcelona, Juventus and Inter in the past and the LA Galaxy fans won't forget his debut strike for them in a hurry.

Ibrahimovic, who only arrived in California on Thursday and had not played since December, admitted he felt exhausted from his match-winning 20-minute cameo after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

The stadium erupted, but Zlatan wasn't done - he went on to score the victor in added time.

"When you're losing, 3-0, the adrenaline is pumping even more, because you want to be able to do something, help the team, help especially when you're in a hard situation", Ibrahimovic said. Step-by-step you build it up. LAFC had the temerity to hit the post late on but by the end of the game they looked like what they are - an expansion team learning to play together.

Along with Ibrahimovic in the presentation was Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid, who praised the career path of the new player and thanked him for having chosen his team despite having other important offers.

"You've got to dare to be brilliant and you can't do anything brilliant unless you dare to be brilliant", Schmid said. I chose the power way and it went in. Ibrahimovic stepped up in their absence, however, scoring a brilliant opener from a tight angle after squeezing between a couple of defenders, before then getting the victor with a simple finish in the Champions League group-stage clash.

"When it goes well, you see the happiness in your team-mates and you just want to keep going". I was just waiting to come in.

I'm still hungry, I'm still hungry. "Every movie has a good ending, remember that, and a good start".


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