Michail Antonio sets new West Ham record

Michail Antonio became West Ham’s outright top scorer in the Premier League.

He set the record in a dominant victory for the Hammers over 10-man Leicester City at London Stadium.

Antonio celebrated by lifting a cardboard cut-out of himself after scoring his 48th top-flight goal to break Paolo di Canio’s club record.

The 31-year-old added a second four minutes later to wrap up an impressive win for David Moyes’ side.

It is only the second time the Hammers have won their opening two fixtures of a Premier League campaign.

Pablo Fornals and Said Benrahma scored West Ham’s first two goals either side.

Ayoze Perez was dismissed for a stamping on goalscorer Fornals.

Youri Tielemans had briefly given the visitors hope at 2-1 before Antonio’s late double.

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Michail Antonio new record

Michail Antonio had drawn level with Di Canio courtesy of his strike at Newcastle in West Ham’s season opener.

But it seemed as if he would have to wait for his moment of glory as he saw five chances go begging.

After holding off Soyuncu in the box from Declan Rice’s cross, Antonio turned past the centre-back and found the bottom corner.

His night was not over yet. As a packed London Stadium chanted ‘ole’ with each Hammers pass.

Antonio capped off a near-perfect evening as he flicked the ball above two Leicester defenders.

He then beat them both on the turn and stabbing past Schmeichel.

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