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Swedish global striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic entered the US Major League Soccer (MLS) through the front door, scoring twice for his new team Los Angeles Galaxy, who beat Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) 4-3 in the first ever LA derby.

Ibrahimovic's two strikes also continued an extraordinary run of scoring on his debut for every club he has ever played for. "You can't teach that", Schmid said.

"You always feel a sense of pride when a Swede does well out in the wider world", Goitom said.

Ibrahimovic's tying goal - a 40-yard shot over retreating LAFC keeper Tyler Miller - in the 77th minute would have been enough to make the game an instant classic, but he took it to another level when he scored on a header in stoppage time to win the game for the Galaxy. "That's a goal that will go around the world". "After that I was like 'just stop the game now'".

"I heard the crowd saying "We want Zlatan, we want Zlatan", BBC quotes the player.

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The Swedish striker followed up with a gutsy header in the 91st minute from a pass by Ashley Cole that proved to be Galaxy's victor, sending the sell-out crowd of 27,068 into a frenzy on a sun-soaked day in Southern California.

"I said before I came here in Manchester with the Galaxy people, that I would make the fans enjoy me". Vela's second goal came in the 26th minute when a defensive breakdown left him alone against goalkeeper David Bingham.

An own goal by Galaxy defender Daniel Steres in the 48th minute gave LAFC a 3-0 lead and the highly-anticipated first meeting between the two LA teams appeared all but over.

Next up for the Galaxy (2-1-1) is a trip to Sporting Kansas City on April 8 while LAFC (2-1) host Atlanta United next Saturday.

However, as Ibrahimovic said with his usual aplomb, "If they would have Zlatan, (the result) would be opposite".

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