African stars in Europe

PARIS - Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure returned after a five-week layoff to help Manchester City maintain their bid for next season's Champions League with a 2-1 win over Fulham to move into fifth in the Premier League.

PARIS - Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure returned after a five-week layoff to help Manchester City maintain their bid for next season's Champions League with a 2-1 win over Fulham to move into fifth in the Premier League.

l Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) scored his 28th goal of the season in Chelsea's 1-1 draw against Blackburn.

l John Obi Mikel (Nigeria) produced his typically efficient and unflashy display for 90 minutes in Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Blackburn on Sunday.

l Salomon Kalou (Ivory Coast) was substituted after 74 minutes of Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Blackburn after a disappointing display.

l El-Hadji Diouf (Senegal) scored his first goal of the year to give Blackburn Rovers an impressive 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Ewood Park on Sunday.

l Emmanuel Eboue (Ivory Coast) gave a rock-solid display as 10-man Arsenal kept their Premier League title challenge on course with a 2-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

l Alex Song (Cameroon) moved to centre-back after Thomas Vermaelen's red card and responded with a commanding performance as Arsenal claimed a crucial 2-0 win over London rivals West Ham on Saturday.

l Steven Pienaar (South Africa) scored Everton's second goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Bolton at Goodison Park.

l Ayegbeni Yakubu (Nigeria) was involved in the turning points of Everton's 2-0 win over Bolton at Goodison Park on Saturday.

l Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) scored a dramatic late winner as Portsmouth came from behind to beat Hull 3-2 at Fratton Park on Saturday.

l South Africa skipper Aaron Mokoena was hauled off after 57 minutes of Portsmouth's 3-2 win on Saturday over fellow strugglers Hull. Mokoena was replaced by Kanu, who went on to score the winner. It was the 29-year-old's first start since January. - Sapa-AFP

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