English Premier League club West Ham began their campaign at new home – the London Stadium, on a brilliant note as they defeat their opponents Bournemouth 1-0 in the second round of games in the league.
It was a difficult game on paper for West Ham as they had their first choice forwards out injured, with Andy Carroll missing for at least a month.
Michail Anthonio wrote his name in gold in the record book of West Ham as he became the player to score in the new stadium. The right-back turn left winger couldn’t live up to expectations when West Ham faced Chelsea in the first game of the season, and he was pulled off. On Thursday, The Hammers played in the Europa League yet Anthonio didn’t do anything spectacular. However, the injuries forced manager Steven Bilic to give him a chance.
The game was slow, despite the landmark move away from Upton Park, after an amazing 112 years. The goal came very late in the game but they were able get a memorable finale at least. Antonio scored through a header, sending the ball over goalkeeper Arthur Boruc. The win gives West Ham their first points in the league after their loss against Chelsea in the first game. A tackle in the box allowed Hazard put Chelsea ahead from the spot, but defender James Collins fired the equalizer before Diego Costa sent the Hammers home without any point.
The game against Bournemouth wasn’t as lively as many would expect, and it became worst with a red card. Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter made a foul on Cheikhou Kouyate, picking up his second yellow card of the game. The red card cost the visitors their second defeats in two games. They did try to get a goal and then an equaliser but West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was on duty. Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini are expected to return when West Ham take on Manchester City in the next game.