Manchester City stay just ahead of Liverpool after Vincent Kompany thunderbolt
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
Last Updated: 07/05/19 4:26pm
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.
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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."
A bolt from the blue
Kompany's strike was his first effort on target from outside the box since 2013
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."
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.
Reaction to Kompany's incredible goal
Sky Sports' Gary Neville: "What he has done at Manchester City is outstanding. It's incredible. He's the leader on the pitch and what he's just done tonight, well, I've never seen too many moments like that in the Premier League.
"I was here when the Aguero goal went in, and for these fans here it can never get better than that - but this has run it very close."
City boss Guardiola: "Honestly, I wasn't too confident [when he shot] but football is mad for that. The artists are the players, they have to decide things in a fraction of a second and what's important isn't the goal, it's him shooting while believing he was going to score."
Goalscorer Kompany: "I've scored goals like that in training! It's 15 years I've been in top-level football, midfielders telling me 'don't shoot, play the ball wide' and every time they miss, for 15 years I've been saying 'I promise you, one day I'm going to have a shot from outside the box and I'm going to score a goal and you're going to be really happy with that one'."
Title race final day live on Sky Sports
The last act of The Run In will be shown live on Sky Sports on a defining final day of the Premier League season.
Manchester City's trip to Brighton is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 2.30pm, while Liverpool vs Wolves at Anfield is live on Sky Sports Premier League from 2pm on Sunday, May 12. Kick-off for both games is at 3pm.
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