Match Report presented by Bob's Discount Furniture: LA Galaxy and LAFC draw 3-3 in thriller at Banc of California Stadium

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Latif Blessing each scored a brace, Cristian Pavon and Carlos Vela added a goal apiece and the LA Galaxy and LAFC would fight to a 3-3 draw in a wild edition of the El Trafico derby between the sides at Banc of California Stadium on Sunday.

The match was a frantic, action-packed affair from the start, with Ibrahimovic finding the opener just after kickoff and scoring his second of the game in the 15th minute to help spearhead the Galaxy to a 3-1 first-half lead. But LAFC would fight back for the draw thanks to the pair of tallies from Blessing and a 53rd-minute strike from Vela, forcing the sides to split the points. 

Ibrahimovic got the Galaxy off to the dream start in just the second minute after collecting a feed from Pavon and lashing a perfectly placed, left-footed finish past LAFC goalkeeper Tyler Miller to give the visitors the early lead and shock the home crowd.

The home side would find its leveler in short order, however, after Diego Rossi got on the end of a pinpoint cross from Steven Beitashour and found Blessing for a headed finish past Bingham at the far post in the 12th minute. But Ibrahimovic added a second on a breakaway tally set up by Favio Alvarez in the 15th before Pavon struck for the Galaxy's third just one minute after that to cap off the wild start to the match.

The 3-1 scoreline would hold until first-half stoppage time, when Blessing collected a deflection off a Galaxy defender, rounded Bingham and slotted home his second of the evening, cutting the deficit to one goal as the match hit halftime.

The madness would continue into the second half, as Vela found his 27th goal of the season in the 53rd minute after sliding behind the Galaxy back line to collect a feed from Mark-Anthony Kayeand coolly cashing home the finish past Bingham to draw LAFC level. Vela would be subbed off just eight minutes later, though, after appearing to sustain a hamstring injury, leaving the Mexican international visibly upset as he came off the field.

Neither club would manage to strike again before the final whistle despite a couple of good chances at the game-winner from both sides, sealing the 3-3 final.

GOALS

  • 2' - LA - Zlatan Ibrahimovic | WATCH
  • 12' - LAFC - Latif Blessing | WATCH
  • 15' - LA - Zlatan Ibrahimovic | WATCH
  • 16' - LA - Cristian Pavon | WATCH
  • 45' +1 - LAFC - Latif Blessing | WATCH
  • 53' - LAFC - Carlos Vela | WATCH

Next Up

  • LA: Sunday, Sept. 1 vs. Seattle Sounders (6:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US; DAZN in Canada)
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