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Oct 4 2010 4:42PM
 
Drogba punishes Arsenal again, Eto'o fires a blank
UNITED KINGDOM, London : Chelsea's Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba celebrates scoring his goal against Arsenal during a Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, London, England on October 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO/IAN KINGTON
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Didier Drogba maintained his superb scoring record against Arsenal to net the opening goal in a 2-0 victory for Chelsea on Sunday that sent the English champions four points clear in the Premier League.

Arsenal's Moroccan forward Marouane Chamakh had an afternoon to forget, while Toure brothers Kolo and Yaya played their parts as Manchester City continued their march up the standings.

Samuel Eto'o endured a frustrating evening for Inter Milan against Juventus, but former Mali international Freddie Kanoute scored his first goal of the season as Sevilla defeated Atletico Madrid in Spain.

Tunisian striker Sami Allagui and Senegalese centre-back Kader Mangane were also both on target as their clubs, respectively Mainz and Rennes, went top of the table in Germany and France.

England

DIDIER DROGBA (Chelsea)

The Ivory Coast striker demonstrated his fondness for the big occasion by scoring the opener in the champions' 2-0 win over Premier League title rivals Arsenal, a win that left Chelsea four points clear at the top of the table. His 39th-minute backheel was his 13th goal in 11 starts against Arsenal.

MAROUANE CHAMAKH (Arsenal)

In contrast to Drogba, the Moroccan forward had a match to forget as he contributed to the litany of missed chances for the Gunners. First he was off-target with a diving header and then headed a Samir Nasri corner past the post as well, before failing to score with yet another header.

AIYEGBENI YAKUBU (Everton)

The Nigeria striker worked hard and had a shot cleared off the line in Everton's 2-0 win over Birmingham City that saw the Toffees win in the league for the first time this season and climb off the bottom of the table.

KOLO AND YAYA TOURE (Manchester City)

Not the brothers' best match for City, even though Roberto Mancini's expensively-assembled side beat Newcastle 2-1 to go second in the league following last week's victory over Chelsea. Kolo lost Jonas Gutierrez, the player he was supposed to be marking, before the Newcastle player equalised for the visitors. Yaya, meanwhile, was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor as City pressed for a winner.

Spain

QUINCY OWOSU-ABEYIE (Malaga)

Ghana winger Quincy netted his second goal of the season in Malaga's 1-1 draw with Almeria on Sunday. The 24-year-old, on loan from Qatari club Al-Saad, put Malaga ahead on 50 minutes only for Almeria to equalise in the final quarter hour.

FREDERIC KANOUTE (Sevilla)

Veteran former Mali international forward Freddie Kanoute marked his first league start with his first goal of the season in Sevilla's 3-1 home win over Atletico Madrid. Kanoute, preferred to Brazilian star Luis Fabiano, netted Sevilla's third goal on 51 minutes as new coach Gregorio Manzano won his first league game in charge.

KALU UCHE (Almeria)

Nigerian striker Kalu Uche made it three goals in his last two league matches by scoring the equaliser for Almeria in the 1-1 draw with Malaga. The 27-year-old, a member of the Nigeria squad at this summer's World Cup, levelled on 76 minutes to salvage a point for his side.

Italy

SAMUEL ETO'O (Inter Milan)

The Cameroon captain was by far Inter's most dangerous player in their drab 0-0 draw with Juventus. Starting through the middle, from where he bagged a hat-trick against Werder Bremen in mid-week, Eto'o soon had to switch to the left flank when Jonathan Biabiany went off injured. Despite being out on the flank, Eto'o twice went on slaloming runs that took him into the box only to run out of options.

ABDELKADER GHEZZAL (Bari)

The Algerian was one of Bari's better players in their disappointing 2-1 defeat at 10-man Genoa. Ghezzal was full of power and technique and gave his marker Chico a particularly hard time.

MEHDI BENATIA (Udinese)

Benatia scored the winning goal in the third minute of injury time in Udinese's 1-0 victory at home to Cesena on Saturday. It was the Moroccan's first goal in Serie A and earned his side their first win of the 2010-11 campaign.

KWADWO ASAMOAH (Udinese)

Asamoah won the battle of the Ghanaians against Cesena's Stephen Appiah in the centre of midfield as Udinese emerged victorious. Asamoah was powerful and tidy as ever without creating too much in terms of an attacking threat.

Germany

PAPISS CISSE (Freiburg)

Senegal striker Papiss Cisse remains the Bundesliga's top scorer with seven goals from seven matches after he scored the winner in Freiburg's 3-2 win over Cologne on Saturday. Freiburg came back from 2-1 down to win the game and are fifth in the German league.

SAMI ALLAGUI (Mainz)

Tunisia striker Sami Allagui scored the opening goal as his side Mainz equalled the record of seven straight wins at the start of a Bundesliga season by beating Hoffenheim 4-2 at home to stay top of the table. Senegal striker Demba Ba hit the back of the net for Hoffenheim to level the score at 1-1 but was powerless as his side lost at the Bundesliga leaders.

France

MODIBO MAIGA (Sochaux)

The Malian forward has been one of the key factors behind Sochaux's fine early-season form. 'Les Lionceaux' (The Lion Cubs) moved up to sixth in the table with a 3-0 defeat of Lens and Maiga set them on their way in the 13th minute with a sweet left-footed strike into the bottom-left corner from 25 yards.

MOUSSA SOW (Lille)

Senegalese international striker Sow scored twice to inspire his club to a 3-1 win at home to Montpellier on Sunday that sent them up to third in the Ligue 1 standings. His first goal ar

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