Ibrahimovic's glitzy debut rallies Galaxy


Swedish worldwide striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic entered the US Major League Soccer (MLS) through the front door, scoring twice for his new team Los Angeles Galaxy, who beat Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) 4-3 in the first ever LA derby.

Ibrahimovic's first touch came in the 73rd minute and helped lead to a goal by Chris Pontius on a header to pull to 3-2.

In a video posted on LA Galaxy's Instagram account, Ibrahimovic, who is still getting back into form after a serious knee injury last April, is seen scoring on an astounding 40-yard kick catching the LAFC goaltender off his line to tie the score 3-3 in the 77th minute.

The Swede was not done yet, as he headed home Ashley Cole's cross in injury-time to make it 4-3 in an extraordinary finale that lived up to the hype surrounding his arrival from Manchester.

"If you look back, every team I played for, I scored in my first official game. He's a magical soccer player", said Ishizaki, who made his debut Sweden debut alongside Ibrahimovic in 2001.

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"Someone texted me straight away, I went to check the goal and I was like 'yeah, that's just Zlatan.' I'm not trying to play it down, it's outstanding and wonderful, but that's just Zlatan". So I gave them Zlatan.

An own goal by Galaxy defender Daniel Steres in the 48th minute gave LAFC a 3-0 lead and the highly-anticipated first meeting between the two LA teams appeared all but over.

"You always feel a sense of pride when a Swede does well out in the wider world", Goitom said. "In those 20 minutes I invested all of 40 fights", commented the 36-year-old forward his brilliant debut in the MLS.

Vela drew first blood after only five minutes, picking up the ball on the edge of the area and curling a magnificent strike beyond the dive of Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham to make it 1-0.