MLS play-offs: Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy lose 5-3 to Los Angeles FC

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s LA Galaxy were knocked out of the Major League Soccer Cup play-offs by Los Angeles FC in what could be the Swede’s final MLS game.

The 38-year-old, whose contract expires in December, scored as his side lost 5-3 in the Western Conference semi-final.

Ex-Arsenal forward Carlos Vela scored twice in the first half to take his season’s tally for LA FC to 36.

Galaxy fought back through Ibrahimovic, but Adama Diomande’s late double secured LA FC’s victory.

It is the first time LA FC have beaten Galaxy in the MLS – a rivalry nicknamed ‘El Trafico’ because of California’s traffic congestion.

Ibrahimovic, who has been linked with a return to Europe, appeared to grab his crotch as he was heckled by fans as he left the field.

“They said something. [I’m] not being disrespectful, but this is like training for me,” Ibrahimovic said of the incident.

“The stadium is too small for me. This is a walk in the park.”

His second-half equaliser dragged the scores to 2-2, before Diego Rossi and substitute Diomande reasserted LA FC’s lead.

Galaxy defender Rolf Feltscher gave Galaxy late hope, but Diomande chipped in his second with 10 minutes remaining.

LA FC will now face Seattle Sounders for a place in the final against either Atlanta United or Toronto.

“If I stay it will be good for MLS because the whole world will watch it,” Ibrahimovic added.

“If I don’t stay, nobody will remember what MLS is.”

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Los Angeles Football Club

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LA Galaxy

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Match Stats

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Match ends, Los Angeles Football Club 5, LA Galaxy 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Los Angeles Football Club 5, LA Galaxy 3.

Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by Adama Diomande.

Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by Jordan Harvey.

Foul by Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy).

Dejan Jakovic (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by Latif Blessing.

Offside, Los Angeles Football Club. Adama Diomande tries a through ball, but Diego Rossi is caught offside.

Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by Sebastian Lletget.

Corner, LA Galaxy. Conceded by Dejan Jakovic.

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Lletget (LA Galaxy) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rolf Feltscher.

Booking

Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy).

Jordan Harvey (Los Angeles Football Club) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by Diego Polenta.

Goal!

Goal! Los Angeles Football Club 5, LA Galaxy 3. Adama Diomande (Los Angeles Football Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eddie Segura.

Hand ball by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy).

Substitution

Substitution, LA Galaxy. Favio Álvarez replaces Perry Kitchen.

Goal!

Goal! Los Angeles Football Club 4, LA Galaxy 3. Rolf Feltscher (LA Galaxy) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Romain Alessandrini with a cross following a set piece situation.

Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Harvey (Los Angeles Football Club).

Hand ball by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy).

Substitution

Substitution, Los Angeles Football Club. Dejan Jakovic replaces Lee Nguyen.

Substitution

Substitution, LA Galaxy. Rolf Feltscher replaces Giancarlo González.

Offside, LA Galaxy. Jonathan dos Santos tries a through ball, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lee Nguyen.

Attempt missed. Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Goal!

Goal! Los Angeles Football Club 4, LA Galaxy 2. Adama Diomande (Los Angeles Football Club) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Diego Rossi with a cross.

Goal!

Goal! Los Angeles Football Club 3, LA Galaxy 2. Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Carlos Vela.

Attempt saved. Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Romain Alessandrini (LA Galaxy) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Harvey (Los Angeles Football Club).

Attempt missed. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (LA Galaxy) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sebastian Lletget.

Adama Diomande (Los Angeles Football Club) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Los Angeles Football Club. Conceded by David Bingham.

Attempt saved. Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Carlos Vela with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Los Angeles Football Club. Walker Zimmerman replaces Steven Beitashour.

Substitution

Substitution, Los Angeles Football Club. Adama Diomande replaces Brian Rodríguez.

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