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Ranieri woe as Roma is beaten by lowly Spal

MILAN (AP) — Roma’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League diminished on Saturday as it surprisingly lost 2-1 at relegation-threatened Spal in Claudio Ranieri’s second match back as interim coach.

A Mohamed Fares header and an Andrea Petagna penalty secured Spal’s first win at home in six months. Diego Perotti had leveled from the spot.

“As I told the guys when I came in, now is the moment for them to prove they deserve what they earn, that they deserve to be at Roma,” Ranieri said. “Today we lost against a team of footballers who earn less and who are in dire straits.

“If Roma qualifies for the Champions League, there’s a plan, otherwise quite a few will get a change of scenery.”

Roma missed the chance to go level on points with fourth-place Inter Milan ahead of Sunday’s derby against third-place AC…

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