Cristhian Stuani scores brilliant long-range strike against Sunderland

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Cristhian Stuani made quite the introduction on his full Premier League debut.

The Uruguayan, who joined from Espanyol back in 2015, was picked ahead of Albert Adomah in the Tees-Wear derby and fully justified Aitor Karanka's decision just 13 minutes into the clash against Sunderland.

David Moyes' men actually started the better side, with Manchester United loanee Adnan Januzaj looking particularly bright.

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However, Stuani silenced the home support at the Stadium of Light with a thunderous strike from 25 yards.

Sunderland's back four allowed the 29-year-old time and space to drive forward but there didn't look like there was much danger before he let loose.

Vito Mannone was helpless as the fierce strike blasted past him and into the top corner.

It is a definite Goal of the Month, if not the Season contender and Karanka will be overjoyed his team selection tweak immediately paid off.

Middlesbrough fans will also be encouraged as just before half-time Stuani added his second of the game after a fine team move.

He has now scored 13 goals for Boro and they are yet to lose when he finds the back of the net.

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