Claudio Ranieri handed a winning return as Roma beat Empoli

Roma 2-1 Empoli

Claudio Ranieri made a winning return as Roma boss as his side beat Empoli at home in their Serie A fixture.

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.

Stephan El Shaarawy gave Roma an early lead with a right footed shot from outside the box following a corner.

But, Juan Jesus headed in an own goal 3 minutes later making it 1-1.

Patrik Schick restored the host lead with a header from very close range following a free kick from Alessandro Florenzi.

Before, the Roma’s midfielder Florenzi was dismissed in the final 10 minutes with after receiving a second yellow.

It was a nervy ending for Roma after a video assistant referee review ruled out goal scored by Empoli’s Rade Krunic adjudged there had been a hand ball by Dimitri Oberlin in the buildup.

Ranieri began his playing career with Roma in 1973-74 and also managed the team from September 2009 to February 2011, finishing second in Serie A in 2009-10, two points behind champions Inter Milan.


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