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Zlatan Ibrahimovic Has Hat Trick, Galaxy Routs Sporting 7-2

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    Zlatan Ibrahimovic Has Hat Trick, Galaxy Routs Sporting 7-2
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    File Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of LA Galaxy gestures during the MLS match between LAFC and LA Galaxy at Banc of California Stadium on July 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic had a hat trick and broke Los Angeles' season goal record with 26 in the Galaxy's 7-2 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Sunday night.

    The 37-year-old Swedish star tied it at 1 in 32nd minute to match the goal record set by Carlos Ruiz in 2002, then gave Los Angeles (14-13-3) a 3-1 lead in the 51st to break the mark and completed the hat trick in the 85th.

    Los Angeles snapped a four-match winless streak to move into fifth place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of San Jose and two in front of Portland.

    Ibrahimovic scored his first goal on a rebound after goalkeeper Tim Melia stopped his penalty kick, then beat Melia with a left-footer from close range to break the record. He also scored the final goal on a left-footer.

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    LA Galaxy Forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic discusses the rivalry between the Galaxy and LAFC after the two teams battled to a 3-3 draw on Sunday, August 25, 2019.
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    Joe Corona gave Los Angeles the lead in the 48th minute on a header off Cristian Pavón's high chip. Uriel Antuna added a goal in the 69th, and Sebastian Lletget struck in the 77th and 79th minutes.

    Felipe Gutiérrez scored twice for Sporting (10-13-7).

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