Ranieri wins first game back in Italy with Roma

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’s curling 25-yard strike put Roma ahead, but Juan Jesus’ headed own goal quickly made it 1-1.

However, Patrik Schick’s 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.

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