MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City returned to the top of the English Premier League with one round left after captain Vincent Kompany hit a sensational goal to beat Leicester 1-0 in a dramatic and tense match on Monday.
The ferocious long-range shot by City’s long-serving and influential captain settled nerves 70 minutes into the nail-biting contest at Etihad Stadium.
Few will have expected Kompany to shoot when the ball fell to him 30 yards out but he let fly with a powerful strike.
“Vinny, I tell you, ‘No shoot!’” City striker Sergio Aguero was captured on television telling Kompany after the final whistle.
Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel had no chance as the ball swerved away from him into the top corner.
Pep Guardiola’s treble-chasing side needed to win to retain control of their title destiny, and their 13th successive victory took them a point above Liverpool. City should successfully defend the title next Sunday at lowly Brighton.