Jean Marie Dongou and Carlos Puyol
Goals for Oussama Assaidi and Maroune Chamakh helped their sides pull in three points in the English Premier League at the weekend.
Assaidi scored a dramatic late winner for Stoke against Chelsea, while Chamakh scored the second goal for Crystal Palace in the 2-0 win over Cardiff.
In France, Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama was finally beaten, conceding his first goal in 1,062 minutes of play for Lille - ironically an own-goal by Simon Kjaer.
In Italy, Serie A title challengers AS Roma ended a run of four successive draws with an enthralling 2-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, helped by an inspirational display from Gervinho who set up both goals.
Villarreal’s Nigerian forward Ikechukwu Uche, Torino’s Moroccan midfielder Omar El Kaddouri and Cameroonian striker Vincent Aboubakar of Lorient were the African stars of the weekend in Europe.
All three hit braces as Uche also won a penalty in helping the yellow submarines thump Levante 3-0.
El Kaddouri was on target twice in Torino’s 4-1 win over Catania while Aboubakar’s two goals helped Lorient earn their first away win of the season, 4-0 at Evian.
Seydou Doumbia scored the only goal of the game in most famous Moscow derby, while Dame N'Doye netted in the other one.
Former Sevilla and Tottenham Hotspur striker Frederic Kanoute has announced his imminent retirement from football.
According to media reports in Spain, the 36-year-old told Radio Sevilla that he will not renew his contract with Chinese Super League outfit Beijing Guoan, putting an end to a professional career which began at Lyon in 1997.
The French-born striker also played for West Ham United and Spurs before joining Sevilla in 2005 where he enjoyed most of his success.
He was part of the Sevilla squad which won two consecutive UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007 and was named the 2007 African Footballer of the Year.
Ghana midfielder Sulley Muntari hit top form after scoring all two goals for AC Milan in their 3-2 reverse to Juventus in the Italian Derby on Sunday night.
It took just 19 seconds for the Rossoneris to get off to an incredible start as Muntari gave them the lead at the Juventus Stadium.
He controlled a speculative effort from Antonio Nocerino before beating Buffon at his near post. A measured, clinical finish from the Black Stars returnee to give the visitors an early advantage.
However, Juventus fought strongly and levelled the scoring before taking the lead with Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah in full force for "la vecchia Signora".
Nigerian striker, Peter Odemwingie scored for Cardiff City in the Barclays English Premier League on Saturday in the club’s 1-2 loss to Newcastle United at the Cardiff City stadium.
Odemwingie scored after 58 minutes after turning Fabricio Coloccini inside out before unleashing a powerful low shot from the edge of the area that beat the Newcastle United goalkeeper, Tim Krul.
The goal which was the attacker’s first for the club in the league however represented scant consolation for the Bluebirds as they failed to find another goal to restore parity.
The Cardiff City Manager, Malky Mackay said Odemwingie’s goal was important as it gave his side the impetus to try and score a second.
Ghana winger Andre Ayew netted his first goal in nine league games to seal a 2-0 win for his club Olympique Marseille at the home of Lorient in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday.
The young winger beat the goalkeeper at the near post in stoppage time after he was set up by Tunisia striker Saber Khelifa who joined Marseille from Evian TG in the summer.
It was Ayew's first goal of the season and it broke a scoreless spell that stretched back to May.
Younger brother Jordan Ayew started alongside Andre as the central striker, but was replaced just before the hour mark by Khelifa.
Mehdi Benatia's wonderful 65th-minute solo goal and a Gervinho strike gave Roma a hard-fought three points at Sampdoria in a Serie A match on Wednesday.
Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia scored the goal of the night when he dribbled past three defenders before somehow crashing home his first Roma goal as he fell to the ground.
Ivory Coast forward Gervinho netted his first goal for Giallorossi, and his first in competitive games since March, assisted by Francesco Totti.
Roma, whose manager Rudi Garcia was sent to the stands just after the hour, kept up their 100 percent record and moved up to 15 points, two clear at the top after Napoli drew 1-1 with lowly Sassuolo.