MANCHESTER, England - Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season with a sixth successive Premier League win but it was not as serene as it might have been in a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest as they played the second half with 10 men.
Goals by Phil Foden and Erling Haaland put the champions in cruise control within 15 minutes but Rodri's red card one minute into the second period after he grappled with Morgan Gibbs-White meant City had to work hard to seal the win.
Everton registered their first league victory of the season, producing an impressive display to win 3-1 at Brentford whose home struggles continued.
Luton Town got off the mark as they drew 1-1 at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers while Crystal Palace and Fulham played out a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
Struggling Manchester United were at promoted Burnley in the late kickoff.
With half of the weekend's fixtures being played on Sunday, City took the chance to move to a maximum 18 points, five ahead of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal who meet on Sunday and Liverpool who are to host West Ham United.
That never looked in doubt once Kyle Walker had set up Foden to thump in the opener after a 46-pass move and then Haaland headed powerfully into the net from a cross by Matheus Nunes.
But Rodri's needless altercation with Gibbs-White, who made a meal of the City midfielder putting his hands on his throat in the 46th minute, meant the hosts were unable to coast through the rest of the match.
"We played, I would say, 51, 52 minutes 10 against 11, so it was not easy, but we were fantastic," City manager Pep Guardiola said. "I thought the way we played in the first half was amazing against a difficult side for the physicality, the pace they have up front."
Asked about Rodri's sending off which means he will likely miss three games, Guardiola said: "Rodri has to control his emotions. I can get a yellow card but Rodri cannot get a red.
"He has done it. He has apologised. The players in the pitch have to control their emotions."
Everton's James Tarkowski scored against his former club in a well-deserved 3-1 win at Brentford's Community Stadium.
Abdoulaye Doucoure put Everton ahead in the sixth minute with a strike into the top right corner but Mathias Jensen levelled in the 28th with a shot that went in off the far post.
Tarkowski headed in Dwight McNeil's corner after 67...