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Serie A: Roma’s Champions League hope dimishes after 2-1 defeat against Spal

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Claudio Ranieri’s Roma fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling SPAL on Saturday, missing a golden opportunity to close the gap on Champions League rivals Inter Milan and AC Milan.

Milan are third, one point ahead of Inter, with Roma in fifth three points back in the battle for elite European football next season, ahead of Sunday’s Milan derby.

Ranieri had won his first match after taking over from sacked Eusebio Di Francesco – 2-1 against Empoli – but his side fell to their relegation-threatened hosts, leaving Roma’s season in the balance after their Champions League elimination at the hands of Porto and 3-0 beating by city rivals Lazio.