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.
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.