Kompany pays dividends - Wonder strike from Man City skipper sees PL title race decided on final day
A bullet strike from Man City captain Vincent Kompany handed Manchester City a 1-0 win over Leicester to put his side top of the Premier League and ensure the title race with Liverpool will be decided on the season's final day.
A lethargic start from City, a byproduct of a whirlwind season for the Blues, saw both sides enter half time tied at 0-0 with neither team seriously threatening goal.
As the game's second half dragged on, and Kasper Schmeichel made a lightning-quick reflex save to deny Sergio Aguero, it looked as though it would take something special to break the deadlock.
Up stepped Kompany. Receiving the ball around 40 yards out, the Belgian powerhouse found himself in acres of space as the Leicester defense stepped off.
Kompany might have just given Manchester City the titleWOW! What a strike! pic.twitter.com/SCHodMicVF— S⚽ccerapy (@soccerapy) May 6, 2019
Kompany took a further touch before launching a scorching shot from 30 yards that rocketed into the top right hand corner, leaving Schmeichel with no chance.
One-nil with 70 minutes played, City were 20 minutes from again going top of the league and replacing Liverpool, who had occupied top spot since their Saturday night win over Newcastle.
A late chance was spurned by former City player Kelechi Iheanacho for the 2016 Premier League winners, and City gained the three points that put them again one point ahead of the Merseyside club and ensure that the title will be decided on the last day of the season. City need a win to guarantee the title.
Vincent Kompany had his first shot on target from outside the penalty area since December 2013, his last goal from outside the box was for Hamburg vs Brann in 2007. Liverpool’s luck in a nutshell.— Mootaz Chehade (@MHChehade) May 6, 2019
Pep's little celebration with Kompany ☺️A win at Brighton will do it for City on Sunday, will they be lifting the title this weekend? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/aEUHqqtlf6— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) May 6, 2019
Liverpool perhaps have the pick of the final fixtures between the two, as they play Wolves, already guaranteed to finish seventh, at home, while City travel to Brighton, who were last week guaranteed Premier League safety.
Before their final game, Liverpool face Barcelona in the second leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final, in which they trail the Catalan club, on Tuesday.