Premier Cool Impact: Manchester City vs. Leicester City

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    Captain Fantastic saved the day!

    When Manchester City seemed to be running out of ideas in attack, they needed someone with the courage to pull them out of a tight spot, if they were to move back into first place.

    It just had to be Vincent Kompany, City’s captain and legend, who bailed them out, in spectacular fashion. The Belgian scored a stunning long-range effort that flew past Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel into the top corner to send the home fans into raptures.

    The outstanding goal was Kompany’s first league strike of the campaign, and if City go on to claim the title on the final day, their skipper’s influence in the 1-0 win over Brendan Rodgers' side will live long in the memory of fans in the blue half of Manchester.

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    Ilkay Gundogan kept his composure all game

    While a few of Gundogan’s teammates failed to cope with the pressure, the German kept a cool head during the encounter.

    The midfielder rarely lost possession of the ball throughout the game and often made the right decision irrespective of Leicester’s intermittent high press.

    He’s incessantly featured in place of Fernandinho in the last few months of the season and has been a joy to behold at the base of the midfield.

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    Aymeric Laporte hardly put a foot wrong

    In a difficult game at the Etihad Stadium, Laporte was solid alongside his captain to continually snuff out Leicester City’s threat on the counter-attack.

    The Frenchman didn’t take chances at the back and cleared the ball from harm’s way from time to time.

    Laporte’s composure and accuracy of passing was a joy to behold – he boasted a pass completion rate of 95 percent, whilst completing nine of 10 attempted long balls – and was directly involved in the breathtaking goal that won the game for the Citizens.

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    Oleksandr Zinchenko's energy drove City on

    The Foxes defended deep for long periods of the encounter, so City’s attacking threat needed to be sharp and incisive.

    While the more attacking players faltered under the lights, Zinchenko thrived for the most part, with his constant running and energy evident for 90 minutes.

    The 22-year-old didn’t shirk his defensive responsibilities either, given how willing he was to put his body in the way of shots, while he showed his admirable reading of the game on occasion by the measure of interceptions.