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Fulham and Swansea soar on opening day

Published: Saturday 18 August 2012, 17.57CET
Debutants Mladen Petrić and Michu each scored twice as Fulham FC and Swansea City AFC opened with respective 5-0 victories, and Arsenal FC drew 0-0 with Sunderland AFC.

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Published: Saturday 18 August 2012, 17.57CET

Fulham and Swansea soar on opening day

Debutants Mladen Petrić and Michu each scored twice as Fulham FC and Swansea City AFC opened with respective 5-0 victories, and Arsenal FC drew 0-0 with Sunderland AFC.

Arsenal FC began life after Robin van Persie with a goalless home draw against Sunderland AFC, while Mladen Petrić and Michu enjoyed two-goal Premier League debuts as Fulham FC and Swansea City AFC opened with comprehensive victories.

Though new signings Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, both of whom started, and Olivier Giroud were unable to inspire Arsenal to a first-day win, it was a different story at Craven Cottage. Petrić scored twice in 13 minutes either side of the break as Martin Jol's Fulham beat promoted Norwich City FC 5-0.

That was also the score at Loftus Road, Michu continuing where he left off last season for Rayo Vallecano de Madrid with two first-half goals as Swansea emphatically defeated Queens Park Rangers FC. Brendan Rodgers' first league game in charge of Liverpool FC, meanwhile, will be one he wants to forget in a hurry after Daniel Agger (58) was sent off in a 3-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion FC.

Elsewhere, West Ham United FC overcame Aston Villa FC 1-0 and Reading FC's Adam Le Fondre converted an added-time penalty to earn a 1-1 draw against Stoke City FC. Hatem Ben Arfa scored an 80th-minute spot kick as Newcastle United FC edged Tottenham Hotspur FC 2-1 in the late game.

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Results

English Premier League 2012/13

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Last updated: 13/06/2013 14:15 CET

18/08/2012

NewcastleNewcastle2-1TottenhamTottenham

Ba 54, Ben Arfa 80 (P)

Defoe 76

Venue: Newcastle

18/08/2012

QPRQPR0-5SwanseaSwansea

Michu 8, 53, Dyer 63, 71, Sinclair 81

Venue: London

18/08/2012

ReadingReading1-1StokeStoke

Le Fondre 90 (P)

Kightly 34

Venue: Reading

18/08/2012

West BromWest Brom3-0LiverpoolLiverpool

Gera 43, Odemwingie 64 (P), Lukaku 77

Venue: West Bromwich

18/08/2012

ArsenalArsenal0-0SunderlandSunderland

Venue: London

18/08/2012

West HamWest Ham1-0Aston VillaAston Villa

Nolan 40

Venue: London

18/08/2012

FulhamFulham5-0NorwichNorwich

Duff 26, Petrić 41, 54, Kacaniklic 66, Sidwell 87 (P)

Venue: London

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