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Van Persie engineers United comeback

Published: Sunday 2 September 2012, 17.45CET
Robin van Persie hit a hat-trick to bring up his Premier League century as Manchester United FC fought back to beat Southampton FC 3-2, after Arsenal FC had seen off Liverpool FC.

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Published: Sunday 2 September 2012, 17.45CET

Van Persie engineers United comeback

Robin van Persie hit a hat-trick to bring up his Premier League century as Manchester United FC fought back to beat Southampton FC 3-2, after Arsenal FC had seen off Liverpool FC.

Robin van Persie scored his 100th Premier League goal as Manchester United FC came from behind to defeat Southampton FC 3-2, while Arsenal FC swept aside Liverpool FC 2-0 at Anfield to collect their first three points of the season.

The Saints had not scored a goal at home in the top flight since May 2005, but those demons were exorcised when Rickie Lambert found the net with a towering back-post header after 16 minutes. The joy inside St Mary's Stadium was tangible but it lasted just seven minutes, Van Persie controlling with his chest and sweeping the ball in with a trademark left-footed finish.

Southampton's approach play was undertaken at pace, the touch and interchange superb, and it duly brought them a second goal shortly after the break. Lambert was the creator, floating a cross to the back post, where Morgan Schneiderlin planted a firm header past Anders Lindegaard.

The home side began to feel the pressure 13 minutes later, however, Jos Hooiveld upending Van Persie in the penalty area. The Dutchman's chipped spot kick was palmed to safety by Kelvin Davis, but he made amends four minutes from time as he followed up Rio Ferdinand's header, which had bounced back off a post. And better was to come as the irrepressible Van Persie then headed in an added-time corner.

The Netherlands forward's old club also celebrated a victory as Santi Cazorla fed Lukas Podolski to open his Arsenal account 31 minutes into their meeting with Liverpool. The two newcomers then reversed roles with 22 minutes to go as Cazorla beat Pepe Reina at the goalkeeper's near post. In Sunday's other game, Newcastle United FC drew 1-1 with Aston Villa FC, who remain winless.

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English Premier League 2012/13

Last updated: 11/06/2013 14:22 CET


NewcastleNewcastle1-1Aston VillaAston Villa

Ben Arfa 59

Clark 22

Venue: Newcastle


SouthamptonSouthampton2-3Man. UnitedMan. United

Lambert 16, Schneiderlin 55

Van Persie 23, 87, 90+2

Venue: Southampton



Podolski 31, Santi Cazorla 68

Venue: Liverpool


Man. CityMan. City3-1QPRQPR

Y. Touré 16, Džeko 61, Tévez 90+3

Zamora 59

Venue: Manchester



Maloney 5 (P), Di Santo 49

Walters 40 (P), Crouch 76

Venue: Wigan



Routledge 45+1, Michu 66

S. Fletcher 40, 45+7

Venue: Swansea



Dembélé 68

Snodgrass 85

Venue: London


West BromWest Brom2-0EvertonEverton

Long 65, McAuley 82

Venue: West Bromwich


West HamWest Ham3-0FulhamFulham

Nolan 1, Reid 29, Taylor 41

Venue: London

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