- Manchester City win 1-0 against Leicester City thanks to a dream goal from Vincent Kompany.
- The team of Pep Guardiola is thus only a victory away from the championship.
- Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp must continue to hope for a slip-up from City.
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It's hard to know where Jürgen Klopp was when Vincent Kompany's shot hissed through all the hopes and dreams of Liverpool, cutting them to pieces and punching the corner of Leicester City's goal. Maybe he was home, maybe he was alone, maybe it was quiet, maybe he cursed. But when the ball was on the way, he probably guessed it: his best remaining chance to win with Liverpool the first championship since 1990, she shattered under this dream hammer of the former defender of Hamburg.
One way Liverpool and Klopp still have. Manchester City are now one point clear with a 1-0 win over Leicester ahead of the Premier League final. Brighton and Hove Albion will then be the opponent of Pep Guardiola's team, Liverpool will play Wolverhampton, it's football, anything is possible. Clear.
But who saw the game on Monday night saw a team from Leicester, coached by Brendan Rodgers, the ex-Liverpool coach who dramatically missed the championship with the Reds 2014, which had something to oppose to City. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson had announced he would “summon” a rival of the title rival – it did not help. A 0-0 seemed possible – then came Kompany. “What a shot, if it deserves one, it does, and it gives us an immensely important three points,” Citys Bernado Silva said after the game.
“I heard before the shot, some shout me 'Do not shoot',” said Kompany herself. “But I have not been playing football for so long, letting young players tell me when to try it,” the city captain said with a smile. “I sometimes do those goals in practice, and I always said that once I try it in the game and then I hit it and then you'll be very happy.”
At the beginning of the game, the hero of the day still had to shine as a normal defender. Kompany threw himself into a shot from Ricardo Pereira after ten minutes, his first exploit of the evening. Five minutes later, Youri Tielemans tried for Leicester from a distance.
Guardiola again let Leroy Sané on the bench and gave preference to Bernado Silva and Raheem Sterling, played in midfield Ilkay Gündogan, the Belgian Kevin De Bruyne was still missing with a muscle injury. The team of Guardiola acted dominant, with much possession, but initially without major opportunities.
The wake-up call came in the form of a pale slam. Sergio Aguero held his head in a corner, the ball rumbled on the crossbar, bounced down and only the goal line technology saw beyond doubt that the game device was not in the gate. Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel was still down. Shortly thereafter, Leicester's defense stopped a dribble from Sterling last second. City approached, but did not score. The guests defended cleverly, consistently and deeply.
Because that changed in the second half conditionally, Guardiola called to Sané. He came after 57 minutes for David Silva. 16: 4 Goals counted the statistics at the time of his substitution for Manchester. But except for Aguero's pale headball, there was no big chance to score.
It looked like long minutes – but then, in the 70th minute, Kompany dribbled forward, did not get attacked, hit the ball on the right foot and slammed him into the right angle. Kelechi Iheanacho had a chance to equalize in the 87th minute.
Liverpool still has 90 minutes of hope. But first they have to catch up in the Champions League 0: 3 against Barcelona. Jürgen Klopp currently has no easy tasks.
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