Daniele De Rossi scores in 500th game to help Roma beat Empoli

Daniele De Rossi marked his 500th appearance for Roma with a goal vs. Empoli.

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MILAN — Daniele De Rossi marked his 500th game for Roma with a goal as he helped the capital side beat Empoli 3-1 in Serie A on Saturday.

Two set pieces in three second-half minutes undid Empoli as Miralem Pjanic scored with a free kick before sending in a corner for De Rossi to double Roma’s lead.

Mohamed Salah sealed the result 10 minutes later.

Marcel Buchel netted a consolation for Empoli with his first goal for the club.

Roma, which has now scored 12 goals in its last three league matches, moved provisionally second ahead of Sunday’s Derby d’Italia between Inter Milan and Juventus.

Empoli remained 16th, three points clear of the drop zone ahead of the rest of the weekend’s fixtures.

AC Milan visits high-flying Torino later.