Ibrahimovic speaks on match-winning brace on LA Galaxy debut

Ibrahimovic speaks on match-winning brace on LA Galaxy debut

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured he kept his unique record of scoring a goal on his debut for any club he has played when he struck the victor for new Major League Soccer (MLS) side, LA Galaxy against Los Angeles FC on Saturday.

The Sky Sports pundit told Super Sunday he had been left impressed by the Swedish striker's sensational half-volley to pull Galaxy level from 3-0 down six minutes after he came on, but that it was a effect of his self-confidence and ability.

Two minutes later, the 36-year-old Swede was involved in the build-up for Galaxy's second goal, headed in by Chris Pontius from Emmanuel Boateng's cross.

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.

"If you look back, every team I played for, I scored in my first official game. I wasn't going to let that stop today", a delighted Ibrahimovic said afterwards.

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"I heard the crowd saying 'We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan, ' he said".

"The fans were demanding something and I gave them Zlatan".

Ibrahimovic's victor was the final act of a thrilling first ever derby between the Galaxy and expansion side LAFC, who had surged into a 3-0 lead early in the second half after two goals from Carlos Vela and an own goal from Daniel Steres.

After the famous victory, Galaxy manager Sigi Schmid heaped praise on Ibrahimovic and admitted he was blown away by the forward's first goal. "That's a goal that will go around the world". Vela's second goal came in the 26th minute when a defensive breakdown left him alone against goalkeeper David Bingham.

Ibrahimovic then popped up with a victor in the 91st minute.

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