Boyd celebrates

Burnley 1 Manchester City 0: Boyd the hero as champions are beaten

George Boyd stunned champions Manchester City and left their Premier League title defence teetering on the brink, as Burnley claimed a memorable 1-0 win on Saturday.

The winger’s superb 61st-minute strike sent Turf Moor into raptures, as he drilled in from the edge of the area to settle an entertaining clash.

With victory, Burnley moved to within a point of fourth-bottom Sunderland, who were earlier thrashed 4-0 at home by Aston Villa.

For City, meanwhile, defeat leaves them five points behind leaders Chelsea but having played two games more, with Jose Mourinho’s side playing one of their two matches in hand at home to Southampton on Sunday.

The champions also opened the door to those behind them chasing UEFA Champions League qualification, with Arsenal now just a point adrift in third while Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham will all look to take advantage of Manuel Pellegrini’s side’s stuttering form.

Pellegrini recalled captain Vincent Kompany, who partnered Martin Demichelis in central defence in place of Eliaquim Mangala.

Fernandinho, who reportedly had a bust-up with Kompany following the defeat to Liverpool, also started and he had City’s first chance when he powered through midfield, but his shot was blocked and the ball hit Edin Dzeko before going out for a goal kick.

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