Manchester City hosted Leicester City in a crunch Premier League match as they were looking to overhaul Liverpool once more in a titanic Premier League title race. Liverpool, on the other hand, was looking for a helping hand from their former manager Brendan Rodgers.
Leicester had recorded a 2-1 win in the previous Premier League meeting against City, courtesy of an 81st-minute winner from Ricardo Pereira.
City players wore black armbands in the remembrance of their former manager and Celtic captain, Billy McNeill, who had passed away last week. Bangladeshi origin player Hamza Chowdhury started in midfield for Leicester.
After a relatively quiet first quarter of the game, Youri Tielemans tested Ederson in the 13th minute but his shot was straight down the throat of the City custodian. Rodgers had set up his side in a much-disciplined fashion and they had a lot of the ball at the back.
City’s best chance of the half came around the half-hour mark when Sergio Aguero’s header was palmed onto the crossbar by Kasper Schmeichel. The Foxes got bodies behind the ball at the end of the half as Man City kept hammering at the door.
City started the second half with renewed vigour and enthusiasm as Bernardo Silva had a pop at the goal while Raheem Sterling dragged his shot wide. Harry Maguire then went on a lung-bursting run and fed James Maddison, who had a go at Ederson’s goal.
Jamie Vardy, Leicester’s chief threat and the Premier League’s third highest goal scorer with 18 goals, didn’t have a chance to run at the City defence all game long.
As the clock ticked down, City’s time was running out while Leicester felt that the match could go on all night. Then came the telling blow, something that even the most faithful Man City fan wouldn’t have expected in their wildest of dreams.
Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany delivered an iconic moment as his remarkable strike from 25 yards found the top corner of Schmeichel’s net. The Etihad went absolutely delirious.
City brought on John Stones to shore up the defence and used time management tactics to see off the final few minutes. The final whistle was soon blown in the final home match of the season for City.
The fans were singing the name of the Man of the Moment, Vincent Kompany, who became emotional as his first goal of the season may just have decided the title.
The destiny of this remarkable Premier League title race is firmly in Manchester City’s hands now as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on the final day of the season, knowing that a fourteenth consecutive league win, would help them clinch back to back Premier League titles.
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