Antonio gives West Ham 'Olympic' cheer

HEADER: Antonio (centre) netted an 85th-minute goal to end West Ham's Premier League bow at London Stadium with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.


    Aug 23, 2016

    Antonio gives West Ham 'Olympic' cheer


    WEST HAM United's Premier League bow at London's former Olympic Stadium ended with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Sunday, courtesy of Michail Antonio's 85th-minute header.

    West Ham moved into the arena, now known as the London Stadium, after leaving Upton Park.

    In the day's other game, Cristhian Stuani netted a stunning brace as Middlesbrough beat local rivals Sunderland 2-1 to register a first victory since securing promotion from the Championship.

    "We just deserved it. It was difficult but we knew it would be. We were missing our best players," said Hammers boss Slaven Bilic, who was without Dimitri Payet and Andy Carroll due to injury.

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe told Sky Sports: "We were much improved in the second half and thought it was our game for the taking.

    "But for one bit of a lack of discipline, I think we would have won it."

    Earlier, Uruguayan striker Stuani scored twice to earn Middlesbrough victory at Sunderland in the north-east rivals' first top-flight encounter since January 2009.

    "It's always important to win, especially in a derby and for our crowd who have been waiting for this moment for a long time, so I'm pleased for the players and the crowd," said Boro boss Aitor Karanka.

    Sunderland have not won a league game in August in six years. And having lost 2-1 at Manchester City on the season's opening day, they are still awaiting a first win under new manager David Moyes.

    "We played well," said Moyes. "We had a great level of intensity but ran out (of energy) with 10 minutes to go."