CARSON, Calif. – Zlatan Ibrahimovic bolstered his talk before the game with a hat-trick as the LA Galaxy defeated the LAFC 3-2 in an end-to-end derby of El Trafico Friday night.
Before the game, Ibrahimovic still believed he was by far the best player in the MLS, although Carlos Vela of LAFC is leading the league with the goals scored.
After the game, Ibrahimovic said, "I think the [best player talk] motivated them more because I'm always motivated, I always go to [every game] to do my best and help my teammates The result is good and we won the game. "
It was not long before the fireworks started, as Adama Diomande was allowed to play in the area after a bad giveaway by Favio Alvarez from the Vela galaxy, and he was dragged to the right by David Bingham with the referee.
Vela sent Bingham in the wrong direction with his penalty, but the hosts were soon followed by Ibrahimovic's individual effort thanks to an incredible tie that defeated his defender with his first touch and slammed home a volley from 1
Tyler Miller of LAFC held the score after 30 minutes with an impressive finger tip in front of the header of Rolf Feltscher After an exciting first half, the teams went into the break with a 1-1 draw.
"When you play against such a full-stadium rival, the mood is good," Ibrahimovic said. "I'm getting pumped, I'm getting adrenaline, this is considered the biggest game in the league, so the biggest challenge is to be in the big game."
And he appeared as Ibra in the second half Eleven minutes after the restart, Jordan Harvey struck again and headed Diego Polenta for the opening goal.
The former Swedish international made a brilliant pass from Alvarez in the 70th minute with a shot on the shoulder, which cuts to the left and shoots past Miller to complete his hat-trick and complete the game for them To expose galaxy.
"I mean, in the US the regular season is not important, according to everyone, only the playoffs," he said. "And then, when the playoffs come, I have to put myself in playoff mode, but the difference between me and them is that I have a playoff mode every day." However, it was too late for the visiting team when the Galaxy saw the result to return to second place ahead of the Seattle Sounders, but still nine points behind the leading Western Conference LAFC.