Vincent Kompany scored a spectacular goal to lead Manchester City past Leicester for three massive points, a 13th Premier League win in a row and a return to the top of the table with a 1-0 victory at the Etihad on Monday night.
The Premier League holders came into the game trailing Liverpool by two points and in need of a win to keep control of their own destiny in a thrilling end-of-season title race.
But Kompany’s goal put them in the driver’s seat for the final week of the season and their captain, who has won three Premier League titles with the club since 2012, was overcome by the moment and was in tears as he took part in the lap of appreciation after the game.
“I’m really happy for the team. This club, it’s part of how we have been successful to have goals like this, moments like this. We always believe that we have a chance and can play for the last second,” said Kompany.
“We were putting pressure on, upping the tempo but found the last pass difficult. They defended really well and it was going to take something special. Now we have a final to play in Brighton, Nothing is won yet.”
Man City’s first clear opening came on 32 minutes when Sergio Aguero’s header was brilliantly clawed off the line by Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel after it hit the woodwork.
Ilkay Gundogan twice went close either side of half-time, before Leroy Sane’s introduction gave fresh impetus to the defending champions.
Aguero was denied superbly by Schmeichel again before Kompany hammered a 25-yard shot into the top corner on 70 minutes.
Former Man City striker Kelechi Iheanacho spurned a great opportunity to level for Leicester, but Man City held on to go top on 95 points, one point above Liverpool with one match left.
Manchester City would next meet Brighton & Hove Albion at the American Express Community Stadium on Sunday, the final day of the 38-match league, while Liverpool would host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield.