Eden Hazard and Fernando Torres put Chelsea top of table

Aug 26, 2012
Bill Mann

Robin van Persie scores a cracker for Man Utd but Rooney will be out for a month after nasty gash

EDEN HAZARD was once more the hero for Chelsea as the Blues made it three wins from three with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle. Hazard, with five assists in his first two Premier League appearances for Chelsea, scored his first goal for his new club when he converted a penalty on 22 minutes.

Fernando Torres had won the spot kick for the Blues, being on the receiving end of a foul from Vurnon Anita, and the Spaniard later got on the scoresheet himself when Hazard once again produced a bit of a magic with a backheel that undid the Magpies’ defence.

The victory leaves Chelsea top of the table with nine points, having played a game more than second-placed Swansea. “It’s fantastic for us to have such a good start,” said Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo.

Manchester United collected their first points of the season but looked far from convincing in defeating Fulham 3-2 at Old Trafford. Other than bagging their first win of the season after their loss to Everton on Monday, United had the pleasure of seeing Robin van Persie open his goalscoring account.

The former Arsenal striker volleyed home on 10 minutes to level the scores after Damien Duff had given the visitors the lead after just three minutes. Shinji Kagawa and Rafael added more goals to United’s tally but the final word went to Fulham who scored a second when United defender Nemanja Vidic put into his own net.

Despite Van Persie’s cracking goal for United the main talking point after the game was the injury to Wayne Rooney. The England striker replaced Kagawa on 68 minutes but soon suffered a nasty gash to his thigh.

“He could be out for four weeks with a bad gash,” said United boss Alex Ferguson, which would mean the 26-year-old frontman sitting out England’s first two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine on 7 and 11 September, as well as missing three league games.

As for Van Persie’s strike, Ferguson called it “fantastic” and predicted: "This was his first game at Old Trafford and he'll come on from that."

Everton, who beat United 1-0 at Goodison Park on Monday, continued their impressive start to the season with a 3-1 win away at Aston Villa. Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic made it 3-0 to the Toffees at half-time and though Karim El Ahmadi pulled one back for the hosts on 74 minutes there was only ever one side in the game.

“The performance was excellent," said Everton boss David Moyes. “It was up there with a lot of the really good performances I've had at Everton.”

Tottenham picked up their first point of the season with a 1-1 draw at home to West Bromwich Albion. Benoit Assou-Ekotto put the Lilywhites in front on 75 minutes with a deflected shot but James Morrison levelled for the Baggies on the stroke of full-time.

In other results Wigan beat Southampton 2-0, Norwich and QPR played out a 1-1 draw and Swansea continued their fine early season form with a 3-0 defeat of West Ham.

Sunderland’s match against Reading, however, was postponed at the 11th hour due to torrential rain. “There is no way a game could be played today,” said Reading manager Brian McDermott. “It is highly unusual a game is called off in August, but it is what it is.”

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