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Africa Correspondent Samm Audu reports on a weekend in Europe, that saw several top African stars led by Samuel Eto'o find the back of the net to inspire their clubs to victories.

ENGLAND

Emmanuel Adebayor scored his seventh goal as Arsenal avenged an earlier defeat by Hull City in the league. Arsenal won 3-1 with Gabon international striker Daniel Cousin getting Hull's goal.

Arsenal stay in fifth place in the Premier League with 41 points from 22 matches, six points adrift of leaders Manchester United, who also have a game in hand.

Hull, on the hand, are ninth in the standings with 31 points after 22 games.

South Africa's Benni McCarthy scored his sixth goal in as many matches as Blackburn recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Newcastle United. The Bafana striker scored from the penalty spot in the 61st minute for the team, who are still hovering around the drop zone.

SPAIN

Samuel Eto'o netted a double, scoring in the 42nd and 87th minutes, to help Barcelona trounce visiting Deportivo La Coruna 5-0.

The Cameroon star is on course for his second Pichichi as he remains atop of the goals' chart with 18 strikes to his name.

Nigeria's Kalu Uche continued his fine form in front of goal with his second goal in as many weeks as his club Almeria were held to a 1-1 draw by Atletico Madrid.

Moroccan striker Nabil Baha converted a penalty in the 85th minute as Malaga cruised to a 4-0 home win against struggling Espanyol.

FRANCE

Morocco's Maraoune Chamakh was on target for title-chasing Bordeaux in their 2-1 away victory at Nantes. He scored his team's second goal in the 70th minute.

NETHERLANDS

There were African goals from both teams when ADO Den Haag drew 2-2 with visiting Heracles Almelo. Algeria's Karim Soltani opened scoring for Den Haag before Ghanaian defender Emmanuel Boakye's 79th minute goal ensured Heracles split the points with their hosts.

NEC Nijmegen fell 4-2 at home to Ajax with their Moroccan ace Youssef El Akchaoui scoring one of their goals on 67 minutes.

Swiss international striker Blaise N'Kufo, who is originally from DR Congo, helped FC Twente beat Vitesse Arnhem 2-1 by scoring one of his club's goals.

BELGIUM

Niger international striker Moussa Ouwu Maazou netted a brace for Lokeren in their 2-1 victory over Zulte-Waregem.

Waregem's goal was from M'Baye Leye, who is from DR Congo.

Champions Standard Liege won a five-goal thriller against Dender with DR Congo international striker Dieumerci Mbokani getting his team's second goal. However, Nigerian-born defender, Oguchi Onyewu, who is a USA international, scored an own goal in favour of Dender in the sixth minute.

Chemcedine El Araichi from Morocco also scored an own goal as his club Mouscron tied with Tubize 1-1.

Mouscron's misery was compounded when young Algerian striker Idir Ouali was sent-off two minutes from time after his second booking of the match.

Former Nigeria youth international Moses Adams scored his first goal in Belgium when he opened scoring for Westerlo in their 2-1 away win at Charleroi. Charleroi's goal was scored by Morocco's Mouhcine Iajour on the hour mark.

Ghana's Gyam Osei King was on target in the 90th minute for Berschot, who beat Genk 4-1 at home.

Samm Audu, Goal.comu

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