Zlatan Ibrahimovic marks anniversary of MLS debut by inspiring LA Galaxy win over Portland Timbers

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic marks anniversary of MLS debut by inspiring LA Galaxy to victory over Portland Timbers with two penalties… including a panenka

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic led LA Galaxy to beat Portland Timbers with two penalties
  • His decisive second half spot kick was a panenka and sealed a 2-1 victory
  • The match was a year to the day he made his stunning debut for LA Galaxy  

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked the anniversary of his MLS debut but scoring two penalties to lead LA Galaxy to a 2-1 win against the Portland Timbers 2-1 on Sunday.

Making hist appearance since March 2 due to an achilles injury, Ibrahimovic hit the post in the first half before slotting home from 12 yards to give Galaxy the lead in the 33rd minute.

Portland carved Galaxy apart with a slick passing move to level through Jeremy Ebobisse shortly before the break.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to lead LA Galaxy to a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice to lead LA Galaxy to a 2-1 win over Portland Timbers

Ibrahimovic converted his second penalty with a panenka to earn his side three points

Ibrahimovic converted his second penalty with a panenka to earn his side three points 

But Ibrahimovic settled the game in the 65th after he was brought crashing down in the area but Portland’s goalkeeper. 

He converted the spot-kick with a panenka. 

‘I feel good. I keep trying to help my team in the best way and the best way is to score goals,’ Ibrahimovic said.

Ibrahimovic was back playing for LA Galaxy for the first time since an achilles injury

Ibrahimovic was back playing for LA Galaxy for the first time since an achilles injury 

The match also marked one year since his stunning debut in Major League Soccer

The match also marked one year since his stunning debut in Major League Soccer 

‘I try to enjoy it. Today it went well, it was not an easy game but we did a bit better and that is why we won.’  

The match was a year on from Ibrahimovic’s sensational debut for LA Galaxy, where he came on in the 71st minute and led Galaxy to a 4-3 win over LA FC from 3-1 down with two goals of his own.

LA Galaxy are fifth in the western conference, four points behind leaders LA FC. 

 

 

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