Big blow for Man City
MANCHESTER, England (AP):
Manchester City's Premier League title defence was dealt a further blow yesterday with a first loss to Burnley in 41 years.
George Boyd clinched a 1-0 victory for relegation-threatened Burnley after meeting City captain Vincent Kompany's clearance from Kieran Trippier's free kick with a half-volley in the 61st minute.
City, who have lost two of their last three league games, remain five points behind Chelsea with nine games to go. The leaders have two games in hand on the champions, and host Southampton today.
City's domestic difficulties come ahead of a trip to Barcelona where Pellegrini's side will be trying to overturn a 2-1 deficit in the Champions League round of 16 on Wednesday.
Arsenal prepared well, though, for its trip to Monaco to turn around a 3-1 first-leg loss by easing to a 3-0 victory over West Ham.
Aston Villa ended their barren scoring run away from home in spectacular style at Sunderland, winning 4-0.
Crystal Palace beat Queens Park Rangers 3-1 at home in a match marked by an outrageous 40-metre consolation strike by Matt Phillips for the visitors. West Bromwich Albion overcame Stoke 1-0 and Leicester drew 0-0 with relegation rival Hull.