Emmanuel Adebayor marked his return to the Premier League, after Togo's traumatic time at the African Nations Cup, with the opening goal in Manchester City's 2-0 win over Portsmouth at Eastlands on Sunday.
Adebayor, who survived the gun attack on Togo's team bus that killed two members of their delegation before the start of this month's tournament, looked offside before he lashed the ball past keeper David James after 39 minutes.
Vincent Kompany headed the second in stoppage time at the end of the first half to put City 2-0 ahead against cash-strapped, bottom-of-the-table Pompey who remain on 15 points, five adrift of Burnley and Hull City.
The victory lifted Roberto Mancini's Manchester City to sixth above Aston Villa, keeping the race for fourth spot and the last Champions League qualifying berth as intense as the race for the title.
Real stay five points behind Barcelona
Real Madrid managed to stay within five points behind Spanish leaders Barcelona by winning 3-1 away to fifth-placed Deportivo Coruna, with two goals from Karim Benzema.
It was Real's first win in Riazor since 1991 and keeps alive the whites' slender hopes of overtaking Barca.
Earlier Saturday, Barca had won 1-0 win away to midtable Sporting Gijon, on a goal from new idol Pedro.
Barca now have 52 points from 20 games, Real have 47.
Roma tie AC Milan for second in Serie A
AS Roma extended their unbeaten run to 17 games with a 2-1 win over last-place Siena on Sunday and moved into a tie with AC Milan for second in Serie A. Stefano Okaka scored the winner with his heel in the 88th minute, in what was possibly his final game with the Giallorossi before transferring to Fulham. Simone Vergassola had equalised for Siena in the 41st after John Arne Riise opened the scoring in the 29th with his second goal in two games.
Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at the San Siro by Livorno. Massimo Ambrosini put Milan ahead and Livorno captain Cristiano Lucarelli equalised.