Goal of the day: Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland) vs West Ham | inside World Soccer

Sebastian Larsson's 25-yard thunderbolt inspired Sunderland to a 3-0 victory over an under-par West Ham side at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Sunderland player Sebastian Larsson shoots to score the first goal against West Ham
Sunderland player Sebastian Larsson shoots to score the first goal against West Ham

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Larsson got the Black Cats off to a perfect start with a superb 12th-minute opener.

Adam Johnson's right-wing cross was met by a weak header from Alou Diarra that fell to Larsson 25 yards out.

The 27-year-old took two touches to shift the ball on to his left foot before unleashing a stunning strike that rocketed past the helpless Jussi Jääskeläinen and into the roof of the net.

Second-half strikes from Johnson and James McClean then sealed a comfortable win.

"Seb's was a magnificent strike," Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill told safc.com.

"I think it was vital for us because we were dominating proceedings at that stage and just looking for the breakthrough and when it came, it came in great fashion."

Larsson added: "I caught the ball beautifully and was just happy to see it go in - there hasn't been many of them with my left foot but it was a nice goal."

"I was delighted to score the goal today and it made it all the sweeter after we went on to get the three points comfortably."

It was Larsson's first Premier League goal since he netted twice at Manchester City in March 2012, and his first at the Stadium of Light since December 2011.

The Swede said: "It's been a long time coming and to be honest I've been disappointed that I haven't been able to get on the score sheet or actually get forward enough from the centre of midfield."

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