New York Red Bulls have defeated Los Angeles Galaxy after a fantastic battle between two very inspired teams. It was 3-2 for the hosts today, who managed to come back after being behind at the halftime, and neutralize Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s excellent performance.
The hosts opened the game better as they scored an early goal to get the lead. It was Amro Tarke who managed to beat David Bingham after only 15 minutes of play. He netted from the center of the box sending the ball to the right low corner of Bingham’s goal.
Uriel Atuna used Zlatan’s assist in the 39th minute of the game and sent an unsavable strike from the heart of the box.
Just four minutes later, Ibrahimovic himself beat Red Bull’s goalie after a nice header. This goal silenced the Red Bull Arena and it appeared that the momentum shifted completely on Galaxy’s side.
But that wasn’t right, and despite guests’ overall domination on the pitch, Chris Armas boys turned the result upside down and took all three points.
A minute before one-hour mark, Marc Rzatkowski scored on Conor Lade’s assist and leveled the score. This indicated that the Red Bulls are not going to allow to go down in front of their own crowd.
Armas decided to replace the scorer of the first goal Amro Tarek in the 64th minute, and to bring in Derrick Ettiene. It proved to be a game-deciding move by NYRB’s strategist.
Ettiene netted three minutes after that and put his team ahead, shocking the guests who were looking better on the pitch.
Ibrahimovic, Lletget, and Antuna were pressuring the back line of the home team, but excellent Luis Robles restrained their attempts.
In the end, the result stayed 3-2, and the Red Bulls now have 11 points in 9 games, and are eighth in the moments while we write this article.
On the other hand, Galaxy will stay behind LAFC after this round, as they have 22 points, one fewer than Bob Bradley’s guys.
Up next they head for Columbus to face the Crew, while Red Bulls stay in the Big Apple to host Montreal Impact. Both matches are played on Wednesday.