Man City player ratings vs Nottingham Forest: Rodri what on earth are you doing?! Spaniard's foolish red card overshadows a Phil Foden masterclass

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Manchester City equalled their best ever start to a Premier League season by beating Nottingham Forest 2-0 in an ill-tempered game but will now have to make do without arguably their most influential player for three matches after Rodri was sent off following a moment of madness.

City were coasting in the second half when Rodri got into a scrap with Morgan Gibbs-White and grabbed his opponent by the neck. The Nottingham Forest midfielder made the most of the incident by going down but the referee had little choice after Rodri had raised his hands.

Crucially, Rodri will now miss City's trip to Arsenal on October 8 which is shaping up as an early top-of-the-table showdown. The treble winners showed their fighting spirit after going down to 10 men and Phil Foden was outstanding, having also given City the lead.

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Erling Haaland scored his eighth league goal of the season to make it 2-0 but the Norwegian had an otherwise disappointing match, missing a glaring chance in the second half.

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