BETFINAL’S LOOKBACK AT THE WEEKEND –
With the majority of us waking up on Monday wishing we were in LA over the weekend, one man wakes up a true winner. And it’s not for the first time. Our weekly sporting review returns as we bring you the biggest moments from all sports around the globe.
LA Galaxy 4 – 3 LA FC. MLS, Los Angeles.
‘I gave them Zlatan’
No continent is too far. No club is too obscure. No celebrations too wild, no deficit too large for him. It was a moment that will go down in MLS history. Then again, it’s what we’ve come to expect from Zlatan.
Adding another continent to the list, the Swede continued his fine form of scoring on his debut. He stole the show with another unforgettable finish to add to his fine collection of goals, this time in the US. It took all of 19 minutes to establish himself as a MLS legend. And if that wasn’t enough, it was his injury time winner that inspired his new club’s comeback over neighbours, LA FC. The perfect ending to a crazy first instalment of Major League Soccer’s new LA rivalry.
Can Ibra become the first footballer to win league titles in five different countries? His unwavering success suggests he can. Even the big man himself is quite certain of it but claims, “I’m not arrogant, I’m confident.” Never any doubt from the man that has won everywhere he’s played.
His first ‘soccer’ experience in the City of Angels ended with just the second time in MLS history a team has come back from three goals down to claim the win. And it’s no surprise the man behind that feat. The “We want Zlatan” chants began in the 67th minute. ‘So I gave them Zlatan’ he quipped with his usual charm. The crowd’s support spurred him on to score an incredible equaliser and a stoppage time winner– sparking LA Galaxy to overturn a three-goal deficit into a 4-3 victory.
After telling the press, “the lion is hungry”, the hunt was on. At the ripe age of 34, returning from injury, suffering jet lag, and in uncharted territory; Zlatan produced what we are all too familiar with. Los Angeles got the first glimpse of their new god.
The Swede entered the field of play after 71 minutes for his LA Galaxy debut, with them trailing 3-1 down. Minutes later, he unleashed a sublime finish to power the ball over the keeper’s head from 40 yards out. Unbelievable! A goal that went straight down in MLS history. Forget Beckham, Villa, Pirlo; it’s time for Zlatan.
While everyone was trying to piece together what they had just seen, Zlatan was plotting his next attack. In extra time, he leapt the highest to head the winning goal for Galaxy, beating LA FC. Movie script stuff from the new Los Angeles man!
Scoring on every debut he has made, the former Juventus, Inter, Milan, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United player has crossed oceans again. His new home: California; his mission: conquer America.
There’s no doubt of him arriving in the US with a spotlight on his head, but this performance has inspired a new interest in MLS. Can he transform the country’s football reputation in similar fashion to ex-Manchester United and former PSG team mate David Beckham? Or, in true Zlatan style, will he conquer America?