Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy debut couldn't have been more fitting

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy debut couldn't have been more fitting

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's LA Galaxy debut couldn't have been more fitting

The Galaxy were taking on local rivals and new MLS franchise Los Angeles FC owned by Will Ferrell who raced into a two goal lead thanks to former Arsenal forward Carlos Vela's double in the first half. Sebastian Lletget and Chris Pontius scored for the Galaxy to make it 3-2 and set things for Zlatan time.

The home crowd then roared in appreciation in the 71st minute when Ibrahimovic made his entrance from the substitutes bench.

On the winning goal, Ibrahimovic slid between two LAFC defenders and beat Miller to a cross from left back Ashley Cole.

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"You always feel a sense of pride when a Swede does well out in the wider world", Goitom said. But instead it was Ibrahimovic who was determined to have the last word.

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Meanwhile, the 6ft 5in striker's former club Manchester United look set to miss out on one of their key summer transfer targets, after reports claimed that Atlético Madrid talisman Antoine Griezmann turned down a switch to Old Trafford in favour of an £88m move to Barcelona.

The inaugural "El Traffico" derby was all one-way traffic at the start as expansion team LAFC immediately put pressure on a short-handed Galaxy squad, who were playing without Romain Alessandrini, Jonathan dos Santos and Giovani dos Santos.

Ibrahimovic had talked boldly on Friday of helping restore the Galaxy to their position of dominance in Major League Soccer after a dismal 2017 campaign that saw them finish bottom of the Western Conference.

Rossi nearly doubled the LAFC lead in the 11th minute, flashing a low angled shot wide of the post.

The Mexican struck again 21 minutes later from close range when Galaxy keeper David Bingham fell down and Vela hit the top of the crossbar before the ball landed over the line.

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