English Premiership

Ranieri starts Fulham tenure with win over Southampton

2018-11-24 20:33
Claudio Ranieri
Claudio Ranieri (AP)

London - Claudio Ranieri made a successful return to the English Premier League by guiding new club Fulham to a 3-2 win over Southampton in his first game in charge on Saturday.

Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice for Fulham and Andre Schurrle added the team's other goal in only their second win of the season since returning to the top flight.

Ranieri won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016 at preseason odds of 5000/1 but has played down the prospect of a miracle at Fulham, who were bottom of the standings when he took over.

The pressure switches to fourth-to-last Southampton, who have not won since September 1 against Crystal Palace and manager Mark Hughes has just three wins in 21 league games since his appointment in March.

Stuart Armstrong netted a double, his first goals for Southampton.


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