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Zlatan caps off MLS debut with brilliant goals

Zlatan caps off MLS debut with brilliant goals

Less than 48 hours after arriving in Los Angeles, Ibrahimovic came off the bench to score two goals and lead the Galaxy to a 4-3 win over LAFC.

Ibrahimovic, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, scored six minutes into his first MLS game with a dipping 35-metre shot that soared over the outstretched arms of LAFC goalie Tyler Miller. And, after he was involved in the build-up for Chris Pontius' header, the Swede struck.

The 36-year-old Swedish star lashed in a sumptuous 40-yard volleyed lob to level the score at 3-3 before heading home the victor in injury time to spark pandemonium at the StubHub Center.

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. "I was just waiting to come in because when you're losing 3-0 the adrenaline is pumping even more because you want to be able to do something, help the team, especially when they're in a hard situation. He's a magical soccer player", said Ishizaki, who made his debut Sweden debut alongside Ibrahimovic in 2001.

Speaking after the victory, via the Independent, the 36-year-old was full of his characteristic cockiness, claiming: "I heard the crowd saying "We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan".

"You saw early that he was thinking of shooting, and I thought, it's gonna go in - it's Zlatan, it's gonna go in", former Galaxy midfielder Stefan Ishizaki, who covered the game for Eurosport, told Reuters.

Suddenly the Galaxy dared to dream of an improbable comeback, and when Ibrahimovic thundered home his equaliser on 77 minutes the home side had drawn level.

Former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela had put the MLS new boys in control with two excellent goals in the first half, including a deft chip in off the underside of the crossbar.

"Ibrahimovic is the flawless definition of a guy who always dares to be brilliant", Schmid said.

'That's got to be a goal that's going to go around the world.

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.

Ibrahimovic, who announced his switch to the MLS last month has maintained his awesome record of scoring on his debut.