Edin Dzeko's first Premier League goal earned Manchester City a 1-0 win over Blackburn on Monday, strengthening his team's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. City was heading for a disappointing draw against its relegation-threatened host when substitute Dzeko, who had been on the pitch for only three minutes, finished well after the Blackburn defence failed to clear a dangerous ball by David Silva in the 75th minute.

The result sent City four points clear of fifth-placed Tottenham in the race for the Champions League and increased Blackburn's relegation worries. Blackburn has now won just three times in 17 league attempts under manager Steve Kean. “We feel as a group and if we play like that against Bolton on Saturday, we can get a win, never mind a draw,” he said.

The result: Blackburn 0 lost to Manchester City 1 (Dzeko 75) . — AFP

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