Manchester City stay just ahead of Liverpool after Vincent Kompany thunderbolt

Posted in 07 May 2019

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Gary Neville hails 'incredible' Kompany as skipper's strike earns Man City three precious points; Victory at Brighton will secure Guardiola's side the title on final day.

Manchester City will start the final day of the Premier League season a point ahead of Liverpool after a remarkable 1-0 victory over Leicester on Monday Night Football.

In a moment to encapsulate the thrilling drama of this year's title battle, Kompany broke Leicester's dogged resistance with a 30-yard thunderbolt with 20 minutes remaining at the Etihad.

Incredibly, the strike was the Manchester City captain's first shot on target from outside the penalty area in over five years and the first he had scored from outside the box for the club.

At the final whistle, Man City strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were overheard telling Kompany they were shouting at him not to shoot.

A smiling Kompany later responded: "I was getting annoyed, hearing everyone saying 'don't shoot'. I've done enough in my career not to have young players tell me what I can and cannot do."

Asked what he was thinking when Kompany shaped to strike at goal, City boss Pep Guardiola admitted to Sky Sports: "I was thinking pass the ball, pass the ball. I wasn't confident."

Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus tell Kompany they were both shouting at him not to shoot seconds before he hit one of the goals of the season

City's victory over Leicester was their 13th in succession. A win on the final day at Brighton will guarantee that City are crowned champions, despite Liverpool's perfect form for the last two months.