Van Persie,Hazard open accounts

The $38 million man dug the hosts out of an early hole by netting a trademark volley on 10 minutes to cancel out Damien Duff’s well-worked opener.

Written by Reuters | London | Published: August 26, 2012 12:56:40 am

The shade of the shirt may have changed but Robin van Persie remains a red-hot Dutch master after marking his first Manchester United start with a superb goal in a 3-2 Premier League win over Fulham on Saturday. In-form Eden Hazard also opened his account for Chelsea with a penalty in a 2-0 home victory over Newcastle United which put the European champions top of the pile with three wins from three having played a game more than their rivals.

The tricky Belgian winger,who took the 22nd-minute spot kick after a foul on Fernando Torres and with usual penalty taker Frank Lampard on the bench,then set up the Spain forward for a classy second but the day still belonged to Van Persie.

The $38 million man dug the hosts out of an early hole by netting a trademark volley on 10 minutes to cancel out Damien Duff’s well-worked opener.

Japan’s Shinji Kagawa also scored on his home debut,the former Borussia Dortmund midfielder tapping in after Mark Schwarzer had spilled Tom Cleverley’s shot. Right back Rafael soon had the ball in the net again but was foiled by the offside flag only to head in the third with a rare goal on 41 minutes,the rapid comeback witnessed by speed king and big United fan Usain Bolt.

Fulham pulled one back in the second half through a bizarre Nemanja Vidic own goal to prompt a very nervy finish for cavalier United,who had Wayne Rooney carried off on a stretcher with a nasty wound.

Everton built on Monday’s win with a 3-1 romp at Aston Villa thanks in part to another headed goal from Marouane Fellaini,although Villa goalkeeper Shay Given should have done better.

Rampant Swansea City also made it two wins out of two after promoted West Ham gifted them two goals in a 3-0 victory to follow up their 5-0 opener against Queens Park Rangers.

QPR recovered slightly from Swansea’s mauling to draw 1-1 at Norwich,also thumped 5-0 by Fulham first up,while Sunderland’s game with promoted Reading was postponed before kickoff because of a waterlogged pitch.

Tottenham Hotspur,beaten at Newcastle in coach Andre Villas-Boas’s debut last week,were held 1-1 at home by a West Brom side who scored a late leveller through James Morrison following their opening win over Liverpool.

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