Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Uriel Antuna helped one another in a strike and gave the LA Galaxy a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact on Saturday night in Carson, California.
Antuna scored the first goal in the 50th minute Following a cross from Impact team-mate Saphir Taider, Ibrahimovic was in the right place for his fourth goal in two games at the right time in the 31st minute. Cristian Pavon, who played a pivotal role in the formation of both Galaxy goals, put a pass back to Jonathan Dos Santos, who fired a shot from the top of the box. It came from Antuna and steered to Ibrahimovic, who had a clear shot in the net.
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The winning goal came After Pavon recaptured a loose ball from Bush in the right corner. He played a cross against Ibrahimovic, who steered her to Antuna, who shot her home from close range.
Rudy Camacho's 68th-minute header narrowly missed the goal when Montreal took the lead with a sense of urgency in the second half.
The galaxy (15-13-3, 48 points) moved into third place in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer for the time being. Minnesota United can retake that spot after a draw or three points after a victory on Sunday in Portland as a team jockey for the playoff position in the final weeks of the regular season.
The loss of the impact (11-17-4, 37 points) was probably the knockout blow for their playoff hopes in the Eastern Conference. They had to accept their third defeat in a row and followed the New England Revolution for the seventh and last time in the postseason by four points, with only two games to play.
The Galaxy has improved from eighth to third place in two games. Ibrahimovic remained two goals behind the league's top scorer, Carlos Vela of Los Angeles, who scored his 29th goal on Saturday night with a penalty after a break. Montreal goalkeeper Evan Bush had 10 saves. David Bingham made one for the galaxy.