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Angels Links: Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off for slapping opponent

Zlatan apparently can’t overcome the laws of the game.

MLS: Los Angeles Galaxy at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in spotlight again for slapping opponent in the head

The LA Galaxy may have won 1-0 over the Montreal Impact on Monday, but they were without their star striker for the majority of the game, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic was sent off in the 40th minute for slapping Michael Petrasso in the head after the defender stepped on the Swede’s foot while backpedalling. Both players went down, with Ibrahimovic holding his foot and Petrasso holding his head, and the incident went to VAR: Petrasso got a yellow card, and Ibrahimovic earned straight red. This led to the Impact having 56 percent possession in the game and 15 shots, but the Galaxy were able to hang on thanks to a goal in the 75th minute from Ola Kamara.

Christian Pulisic: The U.S. was not focused in loss to Trinidad & Tobego

United States and Borussia Dortmund star Christian Pulisic has stated that chemistry was not the problem for the U.S. in their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, telling ESPN FC it came down to a lack of focus.

“I think we put ourselves in a good spot and we made a mistake in the final game. That’s how it went. We weren’t focused. We weren’t ready to come out and finish the job. That’s really all there was. I wouldn’t say [chemistry] that was the biggest problem.”

Vicente del Bosque: No Liverpool player would make it into Madrid’s team

Former Spain and Real Madrid manager Vicente del Bosque has insisted that no Liverpool player would make it into the squad for Real Madrid, as the two teams prepare to play each other on Saturday in the UEFA Champions League Final. This is a bold take, given that Mohamed Salah has scored 10 goals in the UCL and 32 in the Premier League. He justified the comment by saying that Real Madrid has excellent attacking talent with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, and that Cristiano Ronaldo makes them all even better. That said, it’s a pretty hot take to say that Salah wouldn’t make it into Madrid’s lineup, especially since there have been rumors that Madrid want to sign him over the summer, for obvious reasons.

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