Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores stunning hat-trick to inspire LA Galaxy from behind to beat Orlando City

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores stunning hat-trick to inspire LA Galaxy from behind to beat Orlando City 4-3 in MLS thriller as Swedish star makes it 15 goals in 17 games for the club

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first Major League Soccer hat-trick for LA Galaxy
  • The veteran Swedish striker inspired them from 3-2 down to win thriller 4-3
  • Result extended Galaxy’s unbeaten run to nine matches and moved them third

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic made it 15 goals in just 17 Major League Soccer appearances for the Los Angeles Galaxy as his first hat-trick for the club inspired a thrilling win over Orlando City.

The veteran Swedish striker found the net three times after half-time, including twice in the space of four minutes, to see the Galaxy to victory from 3-2 behind at StubHub Center.

His intervention extended the Galaxy’s unbeaten sequence to nine matches, moving them up to third in the MLS Western Conference in the process.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the second of his three goals with a diving header on Sunday night

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores the second of his three goals with a diving header on Sunday night

The Swedish striker scored his first hat-trick for LA Galaxy as they fought back from behind

The Swedish striker scored his first hat-trick for LA Galaxy as they fought back from behind

Ibrahimovic now has 15 goals in 17 matches since arriving from Manchester United

Ibrahimovic now has 15 goals in 17 matches since arriving from Manchester United

It was Ibrahimovic’s first hat-trick since scoring three for Manchester United in their 3-0 UEFA Europa League win over Saint-Etienne on February 26 last year.

Cristian Higuita opened the scoring for Orlando on 18 minutes, picking out the gap between Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham and his near post having combined well with Sacha Kljestan to break clear.

But Giovani dos Santos levelled for the hosts six minutes before the break, taking Ibrahimovic’s lay-off to drive a low shot inside the post.

Orlando regained their lead shortly before half-time when Kjestan’s cross from the right deflected off Galaxy defender Michael Ciani and into the net.

Ibrahimovic celebrates at the final whistle as Galaxy move up into third place in the table

Ibrahimovic celebrates at the final whistle as Galaxy move up into third place in the table

Giovani dos Santos scored Galaxy's first goal, from an Ibrahimovic assist, on Sunday night

Giovani dos Santos scored Galaxy’s first goal, from an Ibrahimovic assist, on Sunday night

Thereafter, it was the Zlatan show as his second-half hat-trick earned a crucial win for Galaxy

Thereafter, it was the Zlatan show as his second-half hat-trick earned a crucial win for Galaxy

A minion takes a penalty kick during the half-time entertainment at the StubHub Center

A minion takes a penalty kick during the half-time entertainment at the StubHub Center

But after the break, it was the Zlatan show. He made it 2-2 on 47 minutes when his towering header from a Dos Santos cross from the left found the top corner.

However, Orlando reasserted their lead seven minutes later when Dom Dwyer headed in Mohamed El-Munir’s left-wing cross.

But Ibrahimovic wouldn’t be denied, making it 3-3 with a thumping diving header from ola Kamara’s right-side cross for his second of the game.

And he completed his first MLS hat-trick, and secured the points, on 71 minutes, smashing home a half-volley following a weak defensive clearance.

It leaves the Galaxy third in the standings, a point behind their local rivals LAFC in second and seven points shy of Western Conference leaders Dallas.


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