Kompany strike moves Man City closer to Premier League title
The Manchester City captain was on hand to fire City ahead with an unstoppable 70th minute drive to secure three valuable points for Guardiola's side.
Manchester City vs Leicester City: as it happened
So...all eyes on Brighton and Liverpool on Sunday. City hold the advantage with a 1 point lead over LFC, what an amazing Premier League title race both sides have treated us to this season. Excellent !
FT: Man City 1-0 Leicester
Scarves aloft.... Blue Moon as Mr. Dean calls time .... City move a step closer to retaining their Premier League title.
90'+3' Free kick to City ... time pretty much up here as the fans push their side along ....
90'+2' Guardiola is rather animated on the City bench as Leicester launch high balls into the City half....
90' We'll have 3 minutes of time added on
Final change for City as Silva (D) is replaced by Stones
Ihneacho booked for a trip on Gabriel Jesus
89' Into the final minute we go....
88' Sterling booked...
City travel to Brighton as Wolves travel to Liverpool on Sunday...(1600 CEST starts)
87' Iheanacho through with the goal gaping and he fires wide..... shocking finish from the Nigerian
86' As things stand, it all comes down to the final round of games....
85' Gray-Albrighton (LCFC) and Gabriel Jesus on for Aguero (City)
83' make that 11-0....
82' 10-0 in corners with the visitors yet to win a corner kick!
Iheanacho on for Maddison (LCFC change)
79' City now playing with added verve, clearly driven by the boost of the goal. A second goal for the home side appears a greater liklihood than a Leicester strike.
Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City
75' 15' to go. What can Leicester produce? To be honest the Foxes have offered little of attacking threat so far with the defensive display being of a high pedigree (prior to the goal)
Barnes on for Tielemans (LCFC change)
73' "We shall not be moved" sing City fans. That goal will have calmed the nerves that were palpable at the Etihad as the opening strike appeared to becoming more and more elusive for Guardiola's side.
So the goal finally arrived but from an unlikely source in the Belgian defender.
Man City 1-0 Leicester City
Great strike from the Belgian, delightful right footed affort which the Dane could do nothing about....
70' Gooooool. Kompany puts City ahead.
68' Schmeichel saves with his foot after a Aguero effort....best chance of the half for City ....
68' The decibel level increases as City keep moving the ball about looking for that gap in the Leicester defence.
66' City probe and probe but there is no way past this well drilled Leicester outfit.
65' Pep looking quite agitated on the City bench as time ticks down.... Less than 25' to go in Manchester...
Beckenbauer-esque play from Maguire who finds Maddison but pulls the effort just wide of Ederson's goal ..what a run from the England defender, best move from Rodgers' side in the second half.
61' How long can Leicester endure this pressure ... has the ball been in the opposition half during this second period?
60' Possession on the hour mark: MCFC 60-40 LCFC (%)
58' Gundogan goes close for the home side as the fans find their voice .... Blue Moon now being belted out from the City faithful.
57' Leicester really under the cosh now and clearing every ball straight back to a man in a sky blue shirt. One senses that the City goal is just a question of time...
55' Sane on-Foden off (MCFC change)
54' Sane poised to enter the action
53' Ball falls for Silva (B) and on his favoured left foot the Portugal international fires over just as Sterling pulls the ball wide....
52' Corner for City, Gundogan hits but Leicester clear their lines as the ball falls to Sterling who heads over....
49' City fans looking anxious ....A draw will take the initiative from the Manchester side....
48' Sane warming up for City ....
46' We're underway again in Manchester... The men in royal blue start the action
Possession in the first 45': MCFC 58-42 LCFC (%)
Good open half of football with Aguero closest to opening the scoring with his headed effort off the bar.
That's half time as Mr. Dean whistles for the break.
45' Last min. of the half as Leicester fail to take advantage of the free kick. We'll have 1 minute of added time.
Kompany carded for a late and rash challenge on Madison
42' Heading twoards the break. City very much on top now with Leicester striking on the break.
40' Gundogan has a go from the edge of the box but fails to get any direction on his poorly struck effort.
Brendan Rodgers' reaction to the City onslaught
36' City have the bit between their teeth now. Bernardo Silva looks menacing on the right hand side.
Harry Maguire booked for the visitors
35' Silva (D) goes close firing a half volley which zips just wide of the Leicester goal.
Aguero was the City player to hit the bar and the Danish keeper did well in hooking the ball away
32' Danger for the visitors with Schmeichel doing well to clear the danger.
32' Ball rattles the Leicester cross bar !
31' City piling on the pressure now as they win another corner. Bernardro Silva instrumental in all City's build up play
31' City corner after some intricate footywork from Bernardo Silva
30' Been impressed with Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi
Another rash challenge from David Silva.... the Canary Islander already booked and needs to be prudent before making these challenges.
26' Despite nothing close to a goal scoring chance so far, it's a bright game in Manchester with Leicester certainly not rolling over.
Great pic from Reuters of the crowd at the Etihad tonight
Silva hacks down Tielemans and the cynical foul sees the Canary Islander in the book, first card of the evening from Mr. Dean
21' Half hearted appeal for a MCFC penalty which the match official waves away, the correct call from Mr. Dean.
19' Vardy gets on the ball for what seems like the first time of the evening.... Quiet start from the striker so far...
18' Foden again, this time the teenager blazes over.
Pep watching on anxiously
16' My word, Kyle Walker blazes over ...the ball is still in flight .... not one of the England international's finest strikes
15' Possession after 15': City 60-40 (%) LCFC (the other City...)
14' Tielemans strikes from long range but drills the ball straight at Ederson in the City goal.
13' Leicester far from over-awed in the early stage of the game. The visitors looking composed enjoying lengthy spells of possession.
10' Foden breaks free in the box and hits the ball on the turn but directs it straight at Schmeichel. Better from City...
8' The visitors go close as the ball is smothered on two occasions by City defenders as it's the Foxes showing better attacking prowess in this first period of the match.
Oleksandr Zinchenko has been highly impressive for City in recent outings... He, along with Bernardo Silva have been solid for the Citizens in recent games
4' Good work from Chilwell as he wins a throw for his side as City regain possession.
3' Plenty of early verve from City. No sign of apparent nerves...
1' So.... what to expect tonight? A City rollercoaster job or nerves at the Etihad for the City faithful? Anything less than a City win would offer the initiative to Liverpool.
Off we go. Aguero gets the game underway....
A packed house at the Etihad as "Blue Moon" rings out pre-game.
The teams take to the pitch. City in their classic sky blue shirt, white shorts. The away side tonight wearing all blue.
The feeling in AS English towers is that (not unlike the Burnley game) City will prevail after a nervy start: 2-0
Aguero looks like he's been at the peroxide again....
Mike Dean is tonight's match official at the Etihad, the 50-year-old ref. is now celebrating his 18th season in the Premier League.
It's a fresh Manchester May evening with a temperature of 8C expected come kick-off with a 39% chance of showers during the action.
All smiles from Brendan Rodgers, manager of Leicester City ahead of the key Premier League clash
A fan devouring the match day programme prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium
The official team sheet:
Manchester City vs Leicester: team news and predicted line-ups
Kick off at the Etihad Stadium is at 21:00 CET
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the massive Premier League clash as Leicester City visit Manchester City.
Man City vs Leicester City: preview
After 36 Premier League games this season for Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side, with 30 wins, two draws and four defeats, it's tonight's game as Leicester City travel to the Etihad Stadium which has been singled out by many as decisive in what's become a fascinating Premier League title race between City and Liverpool.
Indeed 'The Foxes' are one of the four sides to have triumphed against City in the corresponding fixture played at the King Power Stadium winning out 2-1 on December 28th (2018).
The maths are simple, City control their own Premier League title fate with wins over Leicester and at Brighton will see the "Citizens" once again crowned champions as challengers Liverpool can only look to beat Wolves and hope that one of the two sides in blue and white can do Jurgen Klopp's side a favour.
In his pre-game press conference City boss Pep Guardiola acknowledged how difficult this season has been: "It is the toughest league I've ever played as a manager," he stated. "There are no doubts. "That's why being there is incredible. Only one will take the prize.
"You have to give credit to how huge our rival is. In my career as a manager, we have played against incredible sides. One is Luis Enrique's Barcelona with Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, and the other is Liverpool. "They are the best two sides I've played as a manager. Last season was incredible but this season, we are up against an incredible team.
"They're physical and have improved their positional game, and defensively, they concede few goals. That's why I'm so delighted." concluded the Catalan coach.
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