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MLS Review: Ibrahimovic nets brace as Galaxy hold LAFC

By Sports Desk August 25, 2019

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as LA Galaxy played out a thrilling draw with Los Angeles FC, while Dallas claimed a big win in MLS on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic struck twice in the opening 15 minutes as Galaxy drew 3-3 with Los Angeles in their derby clash at Banc of California Stadium.

In an enthralling start, Ibrahimovic produced a brilliant left-footed finish after being played in by Cristian Pavon in just the second minute.

Latif Blessing headed in an equaliser for LAFC before Ibrahimovic restored Galaxy's lead.

Galaxy took a 3-1 lead in the 16th minute, Pavon getting on the end of a Favio Alvarez pass before finishing.

Blessing scored again before half-time and LAFC were level eight minutes after the break, Carlos Vela netting his 27th MLS goal of the season.

Vela was replaced shortly after the hour-mark with a suspected hamstring injury, neither team able to find a winning goal as Galaxy stayed unbeaten against their rivals.

Los Angeles are 19 points clear atop the Western Conference, while Galaxy moved into fourth.

Elsewhere, Zdenek Ondrasek scored a brace as Dallas thrashed Houston Dynamo 5-1.

Gyasi Zardes was the star for Columbus Crew, who ended a four-game winless run by beating Cincinnati 3-1 thanks to the forward's brace.

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    Pos

    Team

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    +-

    Pts

    1

    Naparima College

    11

    9

    2

    0

    30

    10

    20

    29

    2

    St Anthony's College

    11

    8

    2

    1

    35

    11

    24

    26

    3

    Presentation College

    10

    8

    1

    1

    26

    6

    20

    25

    4

    Carapichaima East Secondary

    11

    6

    4

    1

    21

    14

    7

    22

    5

    East Mucurapo Secondary

    11

    6

    3

    2

    23

    11

    12

    21

    6

    Queen's Royal College

    10

    6

    1

    3

    19

    20

    -1

    19

    7

    San Juan North Secondary

    11

    5

    2

    4

    26

    10

    16

    17

    8

    St Augustine Secondary

    11

    3

    4

    4

    26

    21

    5

    13

    9

    Pleasantville Secondary

    11

    4

    1

    6

    15

    17

    -2

    13

    10

    Trinity College East

    10

    3

    2

    5

    13

    17

    -4

    11

    11

    St Benedict's College

    11

    3

    1

    7

    12

    20

    -8

    10

    12

    Speyside Secondary

    11

    2

    2

    7

    14

    34

    -20

    8

    13

    Malick Secondary

    11

    2

    1

    8

    16

    26

    -10

    7

    14

    Trinity College Moka

    11

    1

    1

    9

    13

    38

    -25

    4

    15

    St Mary's College

    11

    1

    1

    9

    5

    39

    -34

    4

     

     

     

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