Kompany thunderbolt puts Man City on brink

Vincent Kompany scored the best goal of his life to keep Manchester City on course for the Premier League title as the champions beat Leicester 1-0 at the Etihad.

With 20 minutes remaining and the game deadlocked, skipper Kompany smashed a 25-yard thunderbolt past Kasper Schmeichel into the top corner to move Pep Guardiola's side one point above Liverpool with a final round of fixtures remaining.

City are 1-10 to retain the title with Liverpool at 13-2. The leaders will be crowned champions if they win at Brighton, while Liverpool can only hope to overcome Wolves at Anfield and pray Albion do them a favour.

This was far from a vintage performance from the 1-8 shots and they were nearly made to pay when former City striker Kelechi Iheanacho fluffed a late golden opportunity to equalise.

It had been a competitive first half with Leicester looking dangerous on the counter and neat in possession, largely keeping the hosts at bay at a nervy Etihad.

Sergio Aguero came closest to opening the scoring but his header hit the bar and at the half-time interval City had drifted to 4-11 for the title and Liverpool were 9-4.

The in-play match betting odds - City were also 4-11 for maximum points at the break - suggested they would eventually find a breakthrough.

That proved correct even if it was from the most unlikely source.

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Hammarby v Elfsborg

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  • Elfsborg are winless in six matches
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Hammarby boss Stefan Billborn has urged his team to continue to "attack, attack, attack" as they target a top-three berth in the Allsvenskan and they can flex their goalscoring muscle against midtable Elfsborg. Billborn's men have won only seven of their 15 league assignments this term but their attacking players are in excellent nick, thumping Falkenberg 6-2 before a 3-2 success against Sundsvall.

 

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