December 15, 2018

Fiorentina win emotional first match since Astori's death

13 March 2018, 10:40 | Anna Jefferson

Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli paid an emotional tribute to Davide Astori on Saturday

Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli paid an emotional tribute to Davide Astori on Saturday

Astori died suddenly last week after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest at the team's hotel ahead of their Serie A match against Udinese, which was subsequently postponed.

Many were brought to tears, including Juventus captain Gianluigi Buffon, as a minute's silence was held at the top-flight grounds.

"The Gigliati's" are entertaining Benevento in the league, and, naturally, it was an emotional occasion with Astori on the mind of everyone inside the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

During the warm-up all the Fiorentina players wore shirts with the number 13 on them and the name Astori, while a huge banner in the crowd said "Ciao captain".

Astori, who made 289 top-flight appearances, joined Fiorentina on loan in August 2015 and the club signed him outright one year later.

The game was paused in the 13th minute as the club's fans commemorated the Italy global with a stunning display.

Then, eight minutes later, Hugo headed home Riccardo Saponara's corner to open the scoring.

Benevento, who sit bottom of the Serie A table, enjoyed several attempts to draw level and hit the post late on through a Massimo Coda effort.

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