(Reuters) - Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko’s first Premier League goal gave Manchester City a 1-0 win at struggling Blackburn Rovers on Monday to keep alive their hopes of a top-three finish.
Second-half substitute Dzeko, bought for 30 million pounds ($47.81 million) from VfL Wolfsburg in January, pounced on a loose ball eight metres out after 75 minutes to leave City on 59 points from 33 matches, five points behind third-placed Arsenal with a game in hand.
This season’s FA Cup finalists also pulled four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur who, like City, have played 33 games, and the relief on Dzeko’s face after notching his first Premier League goal was clear to see after the match.
“I’m not the first one who hasn’t made the best of himself,” he said, referring to Chelsea’s January signing Fernando Torres who scored his first goal for the London club on Saturday.
“I’m happy also for him. I know what the pressure is,” Dzeko told Sky Sports.