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Record four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto'o scored for Russian big spenders Anzhi Makhachkala at the weekend on his return from a knee injury.
However, the Cameroonian star could not prevent Dynamo Moscow fighting back to force a 3-3 draw and leave Anzhi third in the table, 10 points behind leaders CSKA Moscow with five rounds left.
Benin midfielder Stephane Sessegnon was on target for the second consecutive week, with his late first-half goal giving lowly Sunderland a 1-0 home victory over Everton.
STEPHANE SESSEGNON (Sunderland)
Benin midfielder Sessegnon scored the only goal as Sunderland beat Everton 1-0 to pull six points clear of the relegation zone. The 28-year-old struck on the cusp of half-time at the Stadium of Light, arrowing a low shot into the bottom-left corner after Everton left-back Leighton Baines gave the ball away.
PAPISS CISSE (Newcastle United)
Senegalese striker Cisse created Newcastle's opening goal at West Bromwich Albion with an eighth-minute cross that Yoan Gouffran headed home. However, the hosts equalised through Billy Jones in the second half to leave Newcastle in 16th place.
CHRISTOPHER SAMBA (Queens Park Rangers)
Samba led QPR's desperate push for victory in his side's home game with Stoke City, but to no avail. The Congo Brazzaville centre-back went close on several occasions, notably with a flicked volley at the end of the first half, but Stoke won 2-0 to leave Harry Redknapp's side 10 points adrift of safety with four games to play.
EMMANUEL MAYUKA (Southampton)
Zambian striker Mayuka came as close as anyone to breaking the deadlock in his side's 0-0 draw at Swansea City. Introduced as an 88th-minute substitute, Mayuka hit the target with a close-range effort shortly after coming on, only for Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to jut out a leg and block the shot at his near post.
WAHBI KHAZRI (Bastia)
The Tunisian broke the deadlock two minutes after half-time to give Bastia the lead in their 2-1 defeat at home to Lille. Having already struck the woodwork in the opening period, Khazri found the target just after the restart after collecting Jerome Rothen's pass, ghosting past a defender and firing beyond Steeve Elana. The goal was Khazri's seventh of the season.
BENJAMIN MOUKANDJO (Nancy)
The Cameroon international claimed a brace as Nancy climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since September following a 3-1 win over fellow strugglers Evian. Moukandjo was on hand to tap in Thomas Mangani's corner at the far post to put Nancy 2-1 up on 65 minutes before adding to his tally in similar fashion 10 minutes from the end as he headed another Mangani corner beyond Bertrand Laquait from a tight angle despite Cedric Mongongu's attempted goal-line clearance.
CHEICK DIABATE (Bordeaux)
The Mali striker salvaged a point for Bordeaux in their 2-2 draw at Sochaux, having also set up his side's first goal. Diabate headed the ball into the path of Mariano before the latter drilled home to make it 1-1 on 51 minutes. The 24-year-old then secured a point for the visitors 12 minutes from time as he powered an unstoppable header from Henri Saivet's cross beyond a helpless Simon Pouplin.
SABER KHLIFA (Evian)
The Tunisian forward notched his 10th goal of the campaign in Evian's 3-1 defeat at Nancy. Khlifa ran onto Milos Ninkovic's ball behind the defence, evading Sebastien Puygrenier and rounding goalkeeper Damien Gregorini before slotting into an unguarded net on 33 minutes to haul his side level.
FALLOU DIAGNE (Freiburg)
The Senegalese defender provided the final pass for Ivan Santini to score a late consolation goal as Freiburg went down 2-1 to VfB Stuttgart in the league, their second defeat to the German Cup finalists in four days. Freiburg remain fifth in the league, among the Europa League places, despite the defeat having lost by the same margin to Stuttgart in last Wednesday's German Cup semi-final.
KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG (AC Milan)
Sporting a new dyed-blond haircut minus the mohican that has become his trademark this season, Boateng -- like most of his AC Milan side -- ultimately came up short in a 1-0 defeat at Juventus which has compromised the Rossoneri's bid for second spot in Serie A. Boateng notably provided striker Stephan El Shaarawy with an early chance on goal but for the remainder was limited to battling for possession and openings amid a Juventus midfield which was giving little away on its way to a 24th win of the campaign.
KWADWO ASAMOAH (Juventus)
Asamoah was workmanlike but not his usual sparkling self on the left wing for Juventus as the champions welcomed AC Milan in a crucial match for the Scudetto. The Ghanaian, however, played a key role when his foray to the left of goal prompted a foul by AC Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia which gave the hosts a penalty on 57 minutes. Arturo Vidal stepped up to convert to leave Juve requiring just four points from their remaining five games to secure their 29th Serie A title.
CHRISTIAN ANGBWA (Samara)
The Cameroonian full-back played a significant role in his club's 2-1 win over rock bottom Alania Vladikavkaz, which boosted Samara's chances of avoiding relegation. Angbwa netted his side's second goal just before half-time, sending home a rebound after a corner.
AHMED MUSA (CSKA Moscow)
The Nigerian forward kept city rivals Spartak under constant pressure during a Moscow derby which ended in a 2-2 draw. In the 50th minute CSKA were awarded a penalty after Czech Marek Suchy fouled Musa, but Brazilian marksman Vagner Love failed to convert the spot kick. Musa scored on 73 minutes, sending the ball into the unguarded net after a Vagner pass.
SAMUEL ETO'O (Anzhi Makhachkala)
The Cameroonian veteran played his first league match after suffering a knee injury in a World Cup qualifier against Togo last month and made it 3-1 for Anzhi on 67 minutes from the edge of the six-yard box. However, Dynamo fought back to force a 3-3 draw.
YOUSSEF EL-ARABI (Granada)
El-Arabi scored his first goal since November to rescue Granada a point as they drew 1-1 at home to Valladolid. The Moroccan headed home Diego Buonanotte's cross 17 minutes from time to keep the Andalusians just one place and one point above the relegation zone.
ALEX SONG (Barcelona)
Song played the full 90 minutes as Barca moved within two wins of the title with a 1-0 success against Levante. The Cameroonian, once again deputising for Sergio Busquets in midfield, was rarely troubled as the visitors were quite happy to sit behind the ball until Cesc Fabregas scored the only goal eight minutes from time.
MUBARAK WAKASO (Espanyol)
Ghanaian Wakaso, joint leading scorer at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, played 77 minutes as Espanyol continued their challenge for a European place with a comfortable 2-0 win over nine-man Getafe.