Raheem Sterling converted a controversial penalty to reach 100 Premier League goals and give Manchester City a 1-0 victory in a one-sided contest with 10-man Wolves.
Sterling kept his cool to roll his 66th-minute spot-kick past Jose Sa after a lengthy VAR check ruled Joao Moutinho had illegally blocked Bernardo Silva’s cross, even though it seemed to hit the Wolves midfielder on his armpit.
As the first half drew to a close the atmosphere had been growing increasingly edgy amid allegations from City fans of Wolves’ time-wasting, and play-acting in the case of Roman Saiss, who went down in his own area after getting an unseen, accidental finger in the eye from Sterling.
Yellow cards for Ruben Dias and Rodri for fouls on Adama Traore meant it was inevitable Jimenez would get one for dragging Rodri back close to halfway as the interval approached.
For the Wolves striker to then actively block Rodri’s free-kick from a couple of yards was an act of folly. Referee Jon Moss had no choice other than to brandish a second yellow at Jimenez, who threw his skull cap down on a couple of occasions as he very slowly made his way off.
The dismissal condemned Wolves to a second-half rearguard effort in which Sa was particularly effective.
Not that the visitors could have any complaints on the balance of play. City had 24 shots compared to Wolves’ three. Sa made three excellent saves, Conor Coady headed an Ilkay Gundogan effort off the line, Max Kilman blocked a goalbound Phil Foden effort and Jack Grealish somehow failed to convert Sterling’s far-post cross with the goal at his mercy.
Kilman brought a save out of Ederson at the end but Wolves have failed to score in their past four games and managed just one goal in their past six.
In contrast, City have now six Premier League games in a row to maintain their place at the top of the table and keep the pressure on title rivals Liverpool and Chelsea.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa manager, Steven Gerrard, made a losing return to Anfield as Liverpool continued their pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City with a hard-earned 1-0 victory.
Former Liverpool captain, Gerrard was, predictably, given a rapturous reception after playing 710 games and scoring 186 goals for the club while winning the Champions League, FA Cup, Uefa Cup and League Cup.
Villa achieved their aim, aided by fine saves from keeper Emi Martinez, until they were finally undone in the 67th minute when Tyrone Mings bundled Mohamed Salah to the ground, the Egyptian scoring the spot-kick in emphatic fashion, the win leaving Liverpool in second place a point behind Manchester City.
Gerrard made it clear he wanted points not sentiment on his emotional Anfield return and his body language from the start made that very plain.
He walked out on to the turf he graced for so long to a predictable reaction, but his first move was to illustrate exactly where his loyalties lay, applauding Villa’s fans warmly before giving a polite wave in the direction of the Kop.
And his Villa side, while short on attacking ideas, made Liverpool work relentlessly for any rewards, defending with resilience and assisted by a top-class keeper in Martinez before Mings allowed Salah the one moment he needed to escape before he brought him down.
Martinez went the right way but there were no stopping Salah’s penalty as Anfield roared its relief.
Villa then started pushing and Ings almost wrote another Anfield old boy storyline when he just failed to take advantage of that Liverpool defensive mix-up in the closing minutes.
Gerrard will be disappointed his side could not maintain the defensive discipline that kept Liverpool at arm’s length for so long. Villa also struggled to create any attacking impetus until it was too late, when they briefly threatened to snatch an unlikely point.
He will be satisfied, however, with many aspects of Villa’s performance. It was not the winning Anfield return he wanted but his impact can be seen already and he has raw materials to work with.
Substitute Danny Ings almost took advantage of a late mix-up between Liverpool keeper Alisson and Joel Matip which left Villa fans demanding a penalty in vain, but Jurgen Klopp’s side closed out the win.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty earned Manchester United a narrow 1-0 victory over Norwich to maintain Ralf Rangnick’s unbeaten start as interim manager.
Ronaldo sent Tim Krul the wrong way on 75 minutes after the Portuguese had been hauled down by Max Aarons on the edge of the six-yard box.
They also had David de Gea to thank for two fine stops to deny Teemu Pukki and Ozan Kabak as Norwich put in a spirited display.
The win moves Manchester United above Arsenal and Tottenham into fifth place. Norwich stay bottom on goal difference, three points from safety.
Jorginho’s stoppage-time penalty ensured Chelsea avoided conceding further ground in the Premier League title race with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Leeds United at Stamford Bridge.
Teenager Joe Gelhardt, brought on as an 81st-minute substitute, appeared to have earned a late point for Leeds with his first touch – the 19-year-old sliding in to send Tyler Roberts’ low cross past Edouard Mendy.
But Chelsea, knocked off top spot in the table following their 3-2 defeat by West Ham last weekend, fought back as Mason Mount met Alonso’s low cross with a first-time finish to restore parity before the interval.
Thomas Tuchel’s hosts were awarded a penalty of their own before the hour mark after referee Chris Kavanagh reviewed Raphinha’s sliding challenge on Antonio Rudiger, allowing Jorginho to complete the turnaround.
Despite Gelhardt’s heroics, it was Jorginho who had the final say with another confident penalty after Mateusz Klich brought down Rudiger to deliver a victory that ensures third-placed Chelsea remain two points behind the leaders, Manchester City.
Arsenal boosted their Champions League qualification hopes as they cruised past Southampton 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 21st minute, finishing off a superb 16-pass team move.
Arsenal dominated throughout and added a third after 62 minutes with defender Gabriel nodding in a Gabriel Martinelli corner.
The Gunners jump up to fifth in the Premier League table, one point off the top four, while Southampton stay 16th.