Soccer

Man U slumps in loss at Burnley

Defending champion Manchester United was stunned by Burnley 1-0 in their first English Premier League meeting in 33 years Wednesday.

Burnley defeated Manchester United for the first time in 41 years, upsetting the defending Premier League champion 1-0 Wednesday night.

Robbie Blake scored for newly promoted Burnley in the 19th minute with a volley to the near post that beat goalkeeper Ben Foster. Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen made a diving save to keep out Michael Carrick's penalty kick just before halftime after Blake fouled Patrice Evra with a sliding tackle.

"We're disappointed and it wasn't a great performance by us," United manager Alex Ferguson said. "But maybe it was Burnley's night — so many things happened in their box, I don't know how we didn't score. With the chances we had, we should have won."

The sides had met just three times since Burnley was last in England's top division in 1975-76, and United had won those games — all in the League Cup —  by a combined 9-0. Burnley had not beaten United since a league match on Sept. 14, 1968.

"Nobody gave us any sort of chance tonight," Burnley manager Owen Coyle said. "We scored a wonderful goal and are absolutely delighted."

Burnley, playing its first home match in England's top league in 33 years, had opened with a 2-0 loss at Stoke last weekend.

Tottenham, Liverpool, Birmingham victorious

Tottenham, coming off an opening 2-1 win over Liverpool, routed Hull 5-1, with Jermain Defoe scoring three goals, and Robbie Keane and Wilson Palacios adding one each. Stephen Hunt scored for Hull, still awaiting the arrival of newly acquired American forward Jozy Altidore.

Liverpool blanked visiting Stoke 4-0 on goals by Fernando Torres, Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt and David Ngog.

Birmingham, which lost its opener to Manchester United, defeated Portsmouth 1-0 on a 90th-minute penalty kick by Jamie McFadden.