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Roma vs Empoli. Italian Serie A.

OlimpicoAttendance34,508.

Roma 2

  • S El Shaarawy (9th minute)
  • P Schick (33rd minute)
  • A Florenzi (sent off 80th minute)

Empoli 1

  • Juan Jesus (12th minute own goal)

Roma 2-1 Empoli: Claudio Ranieri wins first game back at Roma

AS Roma head coach Claudio Ranieri looks on during the Serie A match between AS Roma and Empoli at Stadio Olimpico on March 11, 2019 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
Image: Claudio Ranieri was victorious in his first game back at Roma

Claudio Ranieri enjoyed a winning start to his second spell in charge of Roma as they beat struggling Empoli 2-1 in Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday.

First-half strikes by Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick, either side of a Juan Jesus own goal, moved Roma within three points of the top four, but they had Alessandro Florenzi sent off with 10 minutes left while VAR denied Empoli a late equaliser.

Ranieri joined Roma on Friday until the end of the season after Eusebio Di Francesco was sacked in the wake of a 3-0 derby defeat by Lazio and a Champions League last 16 exit to Porto.

The Rome side were therefore under pressure to deliver a result and got off to a perfect start when El Shaarawy curled a finish into the top corner after nine minutes.

Empoli were level three minutes later, though, when Jesus headed into his own net from a set piece before visiting captain Manuel Pasqual came close to turning the game on its head when his free-kick hit the angle between post and bar.

Roma restored their lead after 33 minutes when Schick rose to power home a header from Florenzis free-kick.

Empoli had a one-man advantage after Florenzi was shown a second yellow card and they thought they had levelled through Rade Krunics composed finish, only for the effort to be wiped out following a VAR review for a handball in the build-up.

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The result keeps fifth-placed Roma in the hunt for the Champions League qualifying spots on 47 points behind fourth-placed Inter Milan, while Empoli remain in 17th place on 22 points, a point above the relegation zone.

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