Hlongwane scores a brace against LA Galaxy

South African international, Bongokuhle Hlongwane, scored a brace in Minnesota United’s 4-3 defeat to LA Galaxy.

Despite leading 3-1 at halftime, Minnesota United ended up losing 4-3 in a thrilling encounter.

The game got off to an exciting start with a chaotic sequence in the Loons’ penalty area in the third minute, setting the tone for a wild first half.

Both teams were aggressive in the first half, resulting in a flurry of goals. The home side took the lead, through Billy Sharp but Minnesota United quickly responded, levelling the game at 1-1 with a goal from former Norwich City forward, Teemu Pukki.

The match continued to be open and intense with plenty of counterattacks and shots on goal.

With four minutes remaining before the interval, Hlongwane made it 2-1 and completed his brace three minutes later to give his team a 3-1 lead going into halftime.

In the second half, the LA Galaxy regrouped and started creating more chances. Sharp scored two more goals for LA Galaxy, completing his hat trick, and levelling the score at 3-3.

Minnesota United’s Ethan Bristow received a second yellow card in the 74th minute, leaving his team with 10 players on the field and giving LA Galaxy an advantage.

Riqui Puig set up the play that led to Diego Fagundez scoring the go-ahead goal for LA Galaxy in the 82nd minute, securing their comeback victory.

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