It was the slightest of touches: a faint deflection, almost imperceptible in a frenetic, high energy game. But it was a touch nonetheless.
No one really noticed it at first. The attention was on what appeared to be a big missed opportunity for Riyad Mahrez. He had been set through on goal, cut onto his left foot and floated the ball over Alisson but beyond the crossbar.
Without Joel Matip’s intervention, though, Manchester City might have been celebrating a late winner, a winner that would have effectively sealed the title. This was a huge moment.
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