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Ibrahimovic bags first MLS hat-trick as Galaxy win seven-goal thriller

Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Cassandra Castillo | 30 July, 2018, 11:35

Ibrahimovic now has 15 goals over 17 appearances for the Galaxy, scoring multiple goals five times since joining the club in late March. The Lions held a one-goal lead on three separate occasions.

Former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic was the hero at Stubhub Center, where the Swedish star netted three second-half goals as the rallying Galaxy extended their unbeaten streak in the league to nine matches.

The Galaxy found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break after Ibrahimovic teed up Giovani dos Santos for the equaliser to cancel out Orlando's 18th-minute opener, only for the visitors to restore their lead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Mickael Ciani's own goal.

Ibrahimovic scored his brace in the 67th minute with a diving header to level the match for the third time at 3-3 then scored a dramatic victor four minutes later before ripping off his jersey to celebrate his first MLS hat-trick.

After dos Santos rang a shot off the crossbar in the 50th minute, Dominic Dwyer put Orlando back in front in the 54th with a header off Mohamed El-Munir's cross.

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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.

Higuita gave Orlando the lead in the 18th minute, finishing between goalkeeper David Bingham and the near post after playing some exceptional combinations with Sacha Kljestan to work free.

The Galaxy leveled through dos Santos 21 minutes later, when he took Ibrahimovic's layoff pass and drove a low finish inside the left post.

Ibrahimovic scored all three of his goals after half-time as the Galaxy erased a 2-1 half-time deficit.

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