Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o started his first game since returning from injury and made an instant impact helping Barcelona to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0.Eto'o set up Barcelona's second goal before finding the back of the net for the European Champions third goal.
Barcelona have now reclaimed top spot in the Spanish League and now have a two point lead over closest pursuers Sevilla.
There was also an historic milestone for the Ivorian winger Felix Ettien despite his failure to score for Levante in their 0-0 draw with Real Zaragoza.
Ettien played a club record 58th game in the Spanish first division for the Valencia-based team, which has spent four seasons in the top flight of La Liga.
"It's very important to me. I've been here for 10 years, playing for Levante in good times and bad," said Ettien, who is the only Levante player to have been in every league game this season.
It was an eventful Carling Cup final for the African players in action for Chelsea and Arsenal.
Chelsea's Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba scored both goals as his side won 2-1 to lift the trophy, Arsenal had taken the lead after 12 minutes.
But then late in the game a brawl erupted between the two sides that resulted in red cards for Chelsea's Nigerian substitute John Mikel Obi and the Arsenal duo if Togo's Emmanuel Adebayor and Ivorian Kolo Toure.
It was a sad end for Toure who had started the day as the captain for Arsenal.
Meanwhile in the Premiership the DR Congo striker Shabani Nonda scored twice but then missed a penalty for Blackburn as they defeated Portsmouth 3-0.
Nonda's opener came after just 57 seconds with a volley and he added a second after 25 minutes.
Yakubu Ayegbeni secured victory a 2-1 victory for Middlesbrough over Reading. The Nigerian scored his side's second goal in the 69th minute after a fine combination with his team mate Mark Viduka.
Nigeria's Christian Obodo scored the third goal for Udinese in their 3-3 draw withParma.
Cedric Makiadi, who has recently opted to play for DR Congo, pulled a goal back for Wolfsburg in the 79th minute but they still lost 2-1 at Bayern Munich.
Cameroon's Joel Epalle of Bochum was on target early in the second-half as his side drew 2-2 with Alemannia Aachen.
Another Cameroonian Pierre Wome scored the opening goal for Werder Bremen in their 2-2 draw at Borussia Monchengladbach.
And Egypt's Mohamed Zidan put the ball into the net twice in the space of seven minutes of the first-half for Mainz as they defeated Nuremberg 2-1.
Cameroon's Achille Emana was on target for Toulouse as they disposed of Marseille 3-0.
Algeria's Karim Ziani scored from the penalty spot to give Sochaux a 2-0 lead over champions Lyon, but his side only managed to draw 3-3 with the league leaders.
Two goals by the Ivory Coast's Bakari Kone earned Nice a 2-1 win over Lille.
Sedan got a rare away win this season as they defeated Rennes 2-0 with Algeria's Mansour Boutabout scoring the second goal.
The Ivory Coast's Aruna Dindane and his Malian team-mate Seydou Keita scored the goals for Lens in their 2-2 draw with Nancy. Morocco's Youssouf Hadji equalised for Nancy with only one minute remaining.
Togo midfielder Thomas Dossevi scored with seven minutes left on the clock but his side Valenciennes lost 2-1 away at Bordeaux.
The Ivory Coast's Yao Kouassi Gervais gave Beveren a 21st lead against Charleroi, who fought back to win 2-1 thanks to a goal from Nigerian Joseph Akpala.
Nigerian Tosin Dosunmu scored the second goal for Zulte Waregem as his side overcame Gent 3-2. Togo's Olufade Adekanmi scored from the penalty spot to reduce the deficit for Gent in the 73rd minute.
Algerian Rafik Djebbour scored the second for Panionios who defeated Kerkyra 3-1.
Ghana's Peter Ofori-Quaye scored the only goal for Crete who lost 3-1 at Aris Saloniki.
Nigeria's Isaac Promise scored the second for Genclerbirligi in a 2-2 draw with Kayserispor.
Cape Verde's Dady was on target for Belenenses in their 3-2 win over Naval, who had another Cape Verdian on the scoresheet in Lito.