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Ranieri Makes Winning Debut At Roma

Roma’s new coach, Claudio Ranieri made a winning return as his side beat Empoli at home in their Serie A fixture on Monday.

Ranieri, sacked as Fulham manager on 28 February, was appointed Roma’s head coach on Friday after the club sacked Eusebio di Francesco following their Champions League exit last week.

It was Stephan El Shaarawy’s curling 25-yard strike that put Roma in front, but the joy was shortlived as an own goal by Juan Jesus’three minutes later made it 1-1.

However, Patrik Schick’s 33rd-minute powerful header restored the hosts’ lead.

Roma played the final 10 minutes with 10 men as midfielder Alessandro Florenzi was sent off for two bookable offences.

There was a late scare for Ranieri as Empoli’s Rade Krunic put the ball in the net, but the goal was ruled out after a video assistant referee review adjudged there had been a handball.

In an entertaining match at Stadio Olimpico, Empoli’s Manuel Pasqual hit the crossbar with a free-kick with Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo and Justin Kluivert both shooting narrowly wide.

The win over Empoli leaves Roma fifth in Serie A, three points behind fourth-placed Inter Milan in the final Champions League qualifying place.

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