West Ham, Middlesbrough earn first win in EPL

August 22, 2016
AFC Bournemouth's Adam Smith (top) and West Ham's Michail Antonio compete for the ball during their teams' English Premier League football match at the London Stadium, London, yesterday.

The first Premier League game staged at the centrepiece stadium of the London Olympics in 2012 served up some late drama yesterday, with new tenant West Ham scoring in the 85th minute to earn a 1-0 win over 10-man Bournemouth.

This match was forgettable until a flurry of incidents in the latter stages.

Bournemouth was left a man short by Harry Arter's sending-off in the 77th, and West Ham took advantage when winger Michail Antonio met an inviting left-wing cross by Gokhan Tore with a header at the far post.

"I did say to him two minutes before the goal, 'Go and be a hero,'" West Ham captain Mark Noble said about Antonio.

"He went, and was one."

West Ham then needed a reaction save from goalkeeper Adrian followed by a clearance from near the goal line to preserve its first league win at the team's new home. Having waved an emotional goodbye to Upton Park last season after 112 years there, West Ham is in the first year of the club's tenancy at the London Stadium and will take time to get used to the new surroundings.

Bournemouth has lost both of its games in the league so far, having opened with a 3-1 home defeat to Manchester United.

Sunderland, and its new manager David Moyes, is also looking for its first point after a 2-1 loss to northeast rival Middlesbrough in the other game.

Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani scored both of Middlesbrough's first-half goals, the first a 25-meter screamer into the top corner in the 13th before finishing off a flowing team move in the 45th.

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