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Thursday, December 06, 2018, 11:53
Fulham's Ranieri denied win over former club Leicester
By Associated Press
Thursday, December 06, 2018, 11:53 By Associated Press

Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri during the match against Leicester City, during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London, Dec 5, 2018. (STEVEN PASTON / PA VIA AP)

LONDON - Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri was denied an "emotional" victory over the team he famously led to an improbable Premier League title in 2016 as Leicester recovered from a goal down to secure a 1-1 draw on Wednesday.

The London club was on course to move out of the relegation zone when Aboubakar Kamara gave the home team a 42nd-minute lead by shooting home from an acute angle after latching onto Aleksandr Mitrovic's flick-on.

James Maddison grabbed Leicester's equalizer in the 74th when he ran onto a pass from Shinji Okazaki to curl a first-time shot into the bottom left corner.

Leicester City's James Maddison, right, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Fulham during their English Premier League soccer match at Craven Cottage in London, Dec 5, 2018. (STEVEN PASTON / PA VIA AP)

It meant Fulham stayed in last place, but now only on goal difference from Burnley and Southampton.

Ranieri has guided Fulham to a win, a draw and a loss in his three games since returning to the English game, approaching two years since his firing by Leicester the season after winning the title at odds of 5,000-1.

"It was a very emotional match this evening for me with both the Leicester fans and Fulham fans singing my name," the 67-year-old Ranieri said.

"(But) the emotion is just at the beginning. When the game started, I was concentrating on my team. I said hello to some players. I was so concentrated on my job."

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