Man City 1-0 Leicester City

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring

Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany celebrates scoring

The Belgian centre-back has now scored 20 goals for City since he joined in the summer of 2008, but his unlikely and spectacular victor against Leicester was his first goal from outside the box, only the 10th time he has tried his luck from that range, the third occasion he has hit the target and the first time he has managed it since 2013.

City manager Pep Guardiola, who admitted he was one of those who urged Kompany not to shoot, insisted the pressure is still very much on his side. I always said I could not use him a lot, but this club is what it is because of people like Vincent.

"He doesn't feel the pressure".

"He is one of the biggest players this club has ever seen and I hope he can stay with us a few more years, of course".

That appeared to be the last straw for the Leicester fans, some of whom demanded he leave the club, when they reacted angrily to the miss on social media after the game.

"It's not normal for a centre-back to arrive at that point and strike that ball, so it's a moment you will remember".

City's victory lifted them to 95 points, a tally that would have been good enough to win the title in most seasons, but Liverpool have matched their relentless pace and are just a point behind having only lost once in the league all season.

A win at Brighton will seal that before the FA Cup final against Watford six days later and Silva believes the excellence of Liverpool has driven them on.

It had been a nervy and frustrating night for the home crowd until Kompany's 25-metre drive sent the Etihad Stadium wild in a mixture of relief and joy after its longest wait this Premier League season for an opening goal at home.

The result leaves City one point ahead of Liverpool with one game to play, and it also ended Leicester's hopes of finishing seventh and possibly taking a place in next season's Europa League.

If we had won both games there was still a chance we could get that, and that was our focus.

"They're a physical team, so we're not expecting an easy game, but we know we need to get the three points to win this title".

The Belgium worldwide said: "It's part of these things you can't really explain".

City should successfully defend the title on Sunday at lowly Brighton. No pressure means you are playing for nothing.

'It depends on us for the last game.