In the last game of the MLS’ Saturday’s programme, Los Angeles Galaxy defeated the Minnesota United with 3-2.
The hosts appeared without Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Dignity Health Sports Park but managed to post a good win against a solid opponent who created a lot of troubles in the last 15 minutes.
Everything seemed routine for Galaxy at one moment, but eventually, they had to work hard to reach these three points. The ending of the game turned to be a lot more exciting than the majority of the event before.
There haven’t been any goals until the 36th minute when Ozzie Alonso brought down Uriel Antuna in the box. The referee had no doubts, as he pointed towards the penalty spot instantly.
Jonathan Dos Santos was calm, and executed this opportunity to give a 1-0 lead to his team.
Just five minutes later, the guests from Minneapolis were stunned. Chris Pontius ended one very nice team effort of the hosts, who exchanged several passes before the 31-year old forward finished the action.
That was all from the first half, and both sides went to the locker room, without anything notable happening in the remaining four minutes.
Instead of coming into the second with the same intensity, LA decreased the tempo of the game which could have cost them dearly in the end.
Some 15 minutes before the conclusion of the regulations, Jan Gregus’ rocket from a distance ended behind David Bingham who reacted poorly by the way. United then became more aggressive and attacking-minded, trying to reach that equalizer. But the opposite happened. Sebastian Lletget scored for 3-1, denying the guests’ comeback.
Still, Minnesota scored added goal in the 87th minute. Angelo Rodriguez was the guy who hit the back of LA’s net, but there wasn’t any time for either of the sides to do something more.
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Both teams have two wins and one loss at the moment, and the only difference between them is the goal difference. United has a positive one, 8-5, while on the other hand, Galaxy has five scored and conceded goals.
Up next, LA is hosting Portland Timbers on Sunday 31st of March, while Minnesota heads for Foxborough, to meet New England Revolution.