LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 02: Michail Antonio of West Ham United scores his team’s first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Boleyn Ground on January 2, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Video: West Ham’s Michail Antonio scores the first Premier League goal of 2016

We didn’t have to wait long for the first Premier League game of 2016 to produce the first goal of 2016. West Ham’s Michail Antonio was the beneficiary of a perfect cross from Enner Valencia.  Seconds before scoring, Antonio had won the ball near his own touch line with a brilliant or controversial tackle, depending on who you ask. The West Ham forward then sprinted the length of the pitch to be able to head in Valencia’s inch-perfect cross.

The first half has been dominated mostly by the home side, despite Liverpool’s edge in possession. Antonio had a chance go just wide about a minute before he eventually scored. Moments later, Liverpool seemed frustrated that the goal scorer wasn’t penalized for his tackle further up the pitch.

Antonio, who has scored 5 goals in all competitions for the Hammers, is having a happy new year so far. West Ham lead Liverpool 1:0 at half time.

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