Youssef El-Arabi scored for Grenada in Spain and Pape Amodou Sougou hit the opener for Evian in France only to see his side lose 2-1 to Marseille.
African players in Germany and Russia were still inactive as the leagues there are still in their winter break.
CHEICK TIOTE (Newcastle United)
Tiote found himself at the heart of the weekend’s most controversial incident when he had a goal disallowed during his side’s 2-0 loss at home to Manchester City. With the hosts a goal down, Tiote lashed a fine shot past City goalkeeper Joe Hart from the edge of the box, only for referee Mike Jones to spark a storm of protests by ruling the goal out for offside against Yoan Gouffran.
EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR (Tottenham Hotspur)
Togolese striker Adebayor continued his impressive recent form by setting up the opening goal in Spurs’ 2-0 win at home to Crystal Palace. Early in the second half, he headed on Kyle Naughton’s high ball into the path of Christian Eriksen, who took a touch before rifling the ball past visiting goalkeeper Julian Speroni.
GUY DEMEL (West Ham United)
Demel had to be given oxygen and was then stretchered off after injuring himself in a collision with team-mate Roger Johnson in the eighth minute of West Ham’s 2-0 success at Cardiff City. Diagnosed with concussion, the Ivory Coast full-back spent Saturday night in hospital before being released on Sunday.
AHMED ELMOHAMADY (Hull City)
Egyptian winger Elmohamady made an enterprising start to his side’s home game with Chelsea, beating opposition left-back Ashley Cole for pace on several occasions and testing goalkeeper Petr Cech with a long-range shot. However, he was to end up on the losing side in a 2-0 defeat.
YOUSSEF EL-Arabi (Granada)
El-Arabi scored his seventh goal of the season as Granada hammered Valladolid 4-0 on Friday night to move into the top half of the table.
SOFIANE FEGHOULI (Valencia)
Feghouli teed up Dani Parejo to open the scoring for Valencia, but couldn’t prevent Los Che falling to their first defeat under Juan Antonio Pizzi as two goals from Charles saw Celta Vigo win 2-1 at Balaidos.
The Algerian midfielder also came agonisingly close to snatching a point for his side in stoppage time as his his header came off the post and rebound to safety.
PAPE AMODOU SOUGOU (Evian)/SABER KHALIFA (Marseille) On-loan Senegalese winger Sougou put home side Evian in front against his parent club Marseille only to lose 2-1 as the southerners moved back up to fifth place in the Ligue 1 table.
Both players featured prominently at the Parc des Sports, with Sougou meeting a left-wing corner to send a looping header over goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and into the net at the far post on 15 minutes.
ISMAEL BANGOURA (Nantes)
Guinean Bangoura scored as Nantes beat local rivals Lorient 1-0 at the Stade de la Beaujoire. It was his first goal for the club since May 2012 to seal the points with just a minute remaining.
Nantes are sixth after the win, and the impact of Bangoura was particularly welcome as he picked up a shot from Filip Djordjevic.
WARIS MAJEED/CARL MEDJANI (Valenciennes)
Ghanaian forward Waris Majeed boosted his World Cup hopes as he netted on his debut to give Valenciennes a much-needed 3-2 home win against Bastia.
Majeed, 22, moved on loan from Spartak Moscow until the end of the season in a bid to seal a berth in Brazil, and he staked his claim by scoring the third goal on 55 minutes.
KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)
Aamoah last week responded in the negative to speculation on a possible departure from Juve and put in a workmanlike performance for the champions on their way to a 4-1 win away at Cagliari. The Ghanaian provided a cross for Stephan Lichsteiner on the stroke of half-time which the Swiss international shot high.
RAMAN CHIBSAH (Sassuolo)
Barely 10 minutes into Milan’s visito to Sassuolo fingers were being pointed at Chibsah when he lost possession in his own half under pressure from two Milan players (Nigel De Jong and Bryan Cristante), leading to Robinho’s opener for the Serie A giants. Chibsah and the rest of his side would have the last laugh, however, after teammate Domenico Berardi hit four goals to stun Milan in a 4-3 home win.