It appears that, while the Premier League has been away for three months, not a lot has changed. Ending last time round with an utterly breath-taking crescendo that justified the naming of the 2011/12 season as the finest of the Premier League era, the new campaign is only one day old yet there has already been plenty of thrills and spills.
Brendan Rodgers' revolution at Liverpool got off to the bumpiest of beginnings with a 3-0 defeat against West Brom, while Tottenham's new coach Andre Villas-Boas hardly had the best of starts either in going down 2-1 to Newcastle. Throw in a couple of heavy defeats for Norwich and QPR, and the opening day made for excellent viewing indeed.
Aside from the results there was also some excellent goals, so take a look at the finest strikes from the first day of what promises to be an excellent new season.
Demba Ba, Newcastle 2-1 Tottenham, Sports Direct Arena
A fine curling effort to put Newcastle in the lead, Ba scored for the first time since February.< >
Zoltan Gera, West Brom 3-0 Liverpool, The Hawthorns
Having missed much of last season through injury, Zoltan Gera announced his return in stunning fashion.< >
Michu, QPR 0-5 Swansea, Loftus Road
On his debut for the Swans, Michu proved why he could be the bargain of the summer with two goals, the second a simply brilliant finish (Goal 0.56 seconds in)< >
Alex Kacaniklic, Fulham 5-0 Norwich City, Craven Cottage
Nice one touch play and a sublime flick from Moussa Dembele put Kacaniklic through on goal before the winger finished with aplomb. (Goal 0.58 seconds in)< >
Mladen Petric, Fulham 5-0 Norwich City, Craven Cottage
In the absence of Clint Dempsey and a host of strikers that have left Fulham of late Petric stepped up to the plate, scoring from long range with the help of a deflection (goal 0.45 seconds in)
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