Manchester City star Yaya Toure was on target for the third time in five English Premier League games this season as he helped his side to a 4:1 trouncing of city rivals Manchester United on Sunday.
It was also the reigning African Footballer of the Year's second goal in successive matches after scoring in a 3:0 win at Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champion League on Tuesday.
Argentina striker Sergio Aguero netted a brace - including a stunning volley that opened the floodgates in the 16th minute.
Yaya, who ran the midfield for the hosts in his usual dominant fashion, made it 2:0 from close range just before the break.
Asamoah Gyan announced his return to full fitness by scoring all two goals in Al Ain's 2-1 win over Ajman on Friday in the Arabian Gulf League.
The Ghana captain played the entire duration and bagged the brace within five minutes as Al Ain recorded their first win of the season.
Gyan's opener came on 20 minutes when he applied a header from close range, unmarked, to a cross Brazilian from Michel Bastos.
Five minutes later, he again header in Ahmed Al Shamisi’s free-kick.
But in the 77th minute Guinean midfielder Simon Pierre Feindouno pulled one back for the visitors at the Tahnoun Bin Mohamed Stadium.
The much anticipated start to life in England by four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o did not go according to plan as his club Chelsea lost 1:0 at Everton in a league game on Saturday.
Eto'o played the entire duration of the game, but failed to find the back of the net on a day the Blues needed to score.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan star had a few half chances to open his account, the closest coming in the fifth minute when he headed off target from close range.
However the 32-year-old got into the thick of things quickly, showing confidence and his undeniable class, though he looked like he would still need some matches to reach his lofty levels.
Arouna Kone helped Wigan Athletic to a historic English FA Cup triumph on Saturday after they edged compatriot Yaya Toure's Manchester City 1:0 in the final.
Wigan's determination to lift the crown for the first time in their history was helped by the sending off of Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta in the 84th minute.
Kone and Yaya played every moment of the thrilling game which was decided in the 91st minute when substitute Ben Watson headed home from a corner kick.
Toure came close to scoring early on, but his shot was turned away by Spain's U-21 star Joel Robles who was in goal for Wigan.