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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first MLS hat-trick as LA Galaxy came from behind to defeat Orlando City 4-3 on Sunday.
The former Sweden striker got his goals inside 24 second-half minutes. Ibrahimovic, 36, has 15 goals in 17 appearances for the Galaxy.
Zlatan showed yet again why he should be both revered and feared as he scored a hat-trick in his side’s 4-3 win. For his first of the match, Mexican winger Giovani dos Santos found the head of the towering Ibrahimovic in the six-yard box, and he made no mistake by nodding it in to the corner.
Next Ibrahimovic showed some lovely target forward play by holding off an Orlando center back and flicked it onto fellow Scandinavian Ola Kamara. Ibra then rolled off to continue into the 18, Kamara whipped in a ball to the back post and there was No. 9 for an acrobatic diving header.
Finally Zlatan completed the hat-trick by making Orlando pay for a poor clearance in the back, taking it off the chest and powering a low volley home. To celebrate, of course, he took off his shirt.
LA Galaxy are now unbeaten in their past nine matches and are third in the Western Conference.