Torres on fire, RVP opens his account

Updated: August 26, 2012

Fernando Torres announced his return to form with a superb display in Chelsea’s 2-0 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, as Roberto Di Matteo’s side cemented their position on top of the Premier League.

Torres struck his second goal of the season on the stroke of halftime after earlier winning a penalty that Eden Hazard converted as the European champions made it three successive wins.

Hazard also maintained his superb start to the season with his first goal for the club and a clever assist for the Torres strike.

But it was the quality of Torres’s goal, together with his all-round display, that took the spotlight and suggested the Spaniard’s troubled first 18 months in west London could soon be a distant memory as he steps out of Didier Drogba’s shadow following the Ivorian’s move to China.

Earlier in the day, Robin van Persie scored on his home debut as Manchester United opened their account for the new season with a thrilling 3-2 win over Fulham.

However, the victory was tempered by the news that Wayne Rooney, on as a second half substitute, is likely to be out for four weeks after suffering a nasty cut to his leg in the dying moments.

Andre Villas-Boas was denied a first win as Tottenham boss when James Morrison cancelled out Benoit Assou-Ekotto’s goal to earn a last minute draw 1-1 for West Brom.

QPR striker Bobby Zamora rescued a 1-1 draw against Norwich as both sides recovered from their nightmare starts to the season at Carrow Road.

Swansea continued their dream start to the Premier League season with an impressive 3-0 demolition of West Ham at the Liberty Stadium. Michael Laudrup’s side thrashed QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road last weekend and they turned on the style again to go top of the English top-flight for the first time in 30 years.

Wigan Athletic held off promoted Southampton to claim a 2-0 away win on Saturday that took Roberto Martinez’s side into the top half of the Premier League table.
Everton continued their good start to the season with a 3-1 win away at Villa Park. Pienaar, Fellaini and Jelavic putting them 3-0. That leaves Everton unbeaten and contrastingly Villa looking for their first win.
Sunderland’s Premier League match against Reading was postponed less than 90 minutes before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Stadium of Light.
Today sees the Gunners travel to Stoke while Liverpool host Manchester City.