Friday 29 March 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Birmingham City moved four points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone with victory over Manchester City at St Andrews.
Mauro Zarate scored twice and Gary McSheffrey converted a penalty late on to wrap up the win that dented the ambitions of Europa League qualifications for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s City, who were in ninth after the defeat.
Elano responded with a penalty of his own for the visitors, but it was not enough to deny Birmingham from gaining a four-point advantage over 18th-placed Bolton Wanderers.
Zarate had joined the Blues on loan from Qatari League side Al-Sadd in January, and had impressed in his debut Barclays Premier League season. The Argentinian forward scored four goals in 14 appearances for Alex McCleish’s side, including a free-kick against Everton. He went on to play for Lazio in Serie A before Inter Milan, for whom he currently plays.
Despite the victory, Birmingham were unable to avoid relegation and they finished one point adrift of safety in 19th place after Fulham enjoyed a remarkable end-of-season run to pip them and Reading to survival on the final day.