Manchester City 1-0 Leicester City: Kompany stunner puts title within grasp

Pep Guardiola's side will defend the Premier League title if it wins at Brighton and Hove Albion on the last day of the season.

A Vincent Kompany screamer helped Manchester City move back above Liverpool, a point ahead in top spot in the Premier League table.   -  Reuters

Vincent Kompany scored a long-range stunner to down Leicester City 1-0 and put one hand on the Premier League trophy for Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side was frustrated for long periods at the Etihad Stadium on Monday but found a way through thanks to captain Kompany's sensational strike. Kasper Schmeichel was given no chance by Kompany's rocket in the 70th minute, with City moving back above Liverpool, a point ahead in top spot in the Premier League table.

City, now on a run of 13 consecutive league wins, will defend its Premier League title if it collects another three points at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

Kompany made a superb block to repel Ricardo Pereira as the host made an understandably nervy start.

Sergio Aguero scored the winner at Burnley with a goal that only marginally crossed the line but Schmeichel made a great save to claw the striker's header away after it hit the crossbar.


Chances were at a premium but Raheem Sterling should have opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, misjudging his jump for a header and sending the ball flying off target. Ilkay Gundogan curled a 20-yard strike narrowly wide but Leicester was posing a threat on the break, James Maddison missing the target at the end of a counter-attack.

Schmeichel brilliantly denied Aguero again in the 69th minute but he was left helpless in the face of an unstoppable goal from the unlikeliest of sources.

Kompany drove into space from the back and thundered an unbelievable finish into Schmeichel's top-left corner from at least 25 yards out to spark wild celebrations.

Vincent Kompany beating Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schemichel with a stunning strike from long range.   -  Reuters


Leicester's resistance broken, City was able to see out the match, although former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho missed a great late chance to level.

City is now one more win away from becoming the first team to defend the title for a decade.

What does it mean? Liverpool left helpless

Jurgen Klopp's Reds have put in a phenomenal effort this season, but they look like falling just short in the most competitive Premier League title race for some time. They may still finish a superb campaign with 97 points but it is unlikely to be enough to dethrone City, which is making a strong case to be described as the best team of the Premier League era.

Kompany comes up trumps

City's skipper has lifted the Premier League trophy before but if Guardiola's men complete the job next weekend Kompany can reflect on a match-winning moment out of the very top drawer. His team had looked uncomfortable under the pressure for large spells of the game but Kompany settled things with a truly unstoppable shot. It was City's 100th home goal of the season, but few have been more memorable.

Vincent Kompany celebrates after scoring.   -  Getty Images

What's next?

Brighton is the only obstacle still standing in City's way, with Chris Hughton's men welcoming the league leaders on Sunday. In a dead-rubber final fixture, Leicester hosts Chelsea.

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