Italian Serie A
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Davide Astori: Fiorentina pay emotional tribute to former captain

Tribute
Fiorentina fans made a stunning tribute to Davide Astori

Fiorentina paid an emotional tribute to former captain Davide Astori as they played their first game since the 31-year-old's sudden death last Sunday.

The Serie A club defeated Benevento 1-0, with Vitor Hugo grabbing a T-shirt bearing Astori's image after scoring.

Astori wore the number 13 shirt and the match stopped after 13 minutes, with 60 seconds applause taking place.

A post-mortem examination revealed cardiac arrest as the most likely cause of death.

The player's funeral took place on Thursday and Italian top-flight fixtures resumed on Friday, with Roma hosting Torino.

Sunday's match in Florence was preceded by emotional scenes, with players from both sides crying as Italian star Jovanotti sang one of his hits.

The Fiorentina players held a home-made banner that said "Ciao Davide" - and both teams had the same phrase sewn on the left shoulders of their shirt.

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".

The stadium announcer included "number 13, forever our captain, Davide Astori" when announcing the line-up.

Video screens played images of the Italy defender and the mascots wore either Fiorentina or Cagliari shirts - the latter being one of Astori's former clubs.

Fans in the stands held messages and banners and chanted "one captain, there's only one captain!".

Vitor Hugo
Fiorentina's Vitor Hugo celebrated his goal by holding up a T-shirt featuring a picture of Davide Astori
Tributes
Children from both teams wear shirts with the number 13 and Astori on back, in tribute to Davide Astori
Fans
Fiorentina fans during the match against Benevento
Banner
A banner from the Fiorentina fans. It translates as 'goodbye great captain'
Players
Players from both sides paid tribute to Davide Astori before the game
Banner
Fiorentina banners hold up a banner in memory of Davide Astori before the match
Stefano Pioli
Fiorentina coach Stefano Pioli was emotional during the tribute to Davide Astori

Line-ups

Fiorentina

  • 57Sportiello
  • 4MilenkovicSubstituted forLauriniat 58'minutes
  • 20PezzellaBooked at 62mins
  • 31Franchescoli de Souza
  • 3Biraghi
  • 24Benassi
  • 5BadeljBooked at 54mins
  • 17Veretout
  • 25Chiesa
  • 8SaponaraSubstituted forBastião Diasat 57'minutes
  • 9SimeoneSubstituted forFalcinelliat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Laurini
  • 7Zekhnini
  • 10Eysseric
  • 11Falcinelli
  • 14Dabo
  • 15Olivera
  • 19Cristóforo
  • 27Lo Faso
  • 28Bastião Dias
  • 76Boialvo Gaspar
  • 77Théréau
  • 97Dragowski

Benevento

  • 81Puggioni
  • 83Sagna
  • 6Djimsiti
  • 16Tosca
  • 23Venuti
  • 8Cataldi
  • 99BrignolaSubstituted forDel Pintoat 45'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 66Costa MarquesBooked at 49mins
  • 31DjuricicSubstituted forPariginiat 81'minutes
  • 87LombardiBooked at 72minsSubstituted forDiabatéat 73'minutes
  • 11Coda

Substitutes

  • 3Letizia
  • 4Del Pinto
  • 18Gyamfi
  • 20Memushaj
  • 21Costa
  • 22Brignoli
  • 25Diabaté
  • 26Parigini
  • 29Billong
  • 33Iemmello
Referee:
Fabrizio Pasqua
Attendance:
34,381

Match Stats

Home TeamFiorentinaAway TeamBenevento
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home14
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Fiorentina 1, Benevento 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fiorentina 1, Benevento 0.

Offside, Benevento. Lorenzo Venuti tries a through ball, but Cheick Diabaté is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marco Benassi (Fiorentina) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Milan Badelj (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Federico Chiesa.

Guilherme (Benevento) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina).

Attempt missed. Marco Benassi (Fiorentina) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Diego Falcinelli.

Foul by Lorenzo Del Pinto (Benevento).

Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Cheick Diabaté (Benevento) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Bacary Sagna with a cross.

Berat Djimsiti (Benevento) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Diego Falcinelli (Fiorentina).

Massimo Coda (Benevento) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Guilherme with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Vitor Hugo.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Coda (Benevento) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Danilo Cataldi.

Corner, Fiorentina. Conceded by Alin Tosca.

Attempt missed. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Biraghi.

Foul by Cheick Diabaté (Benevento).

Marco Sportiello (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Fiorentina. Diego Falcinelli replaces Giovanni Simeone.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Cristiano Biraghi.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Cristiano Biraghi.

Substitution

Substitution, Benevento. Vittorio Parigini replaces Filip Djuricic.

Danilo Cataldi (Benevento) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gil Dias (Fiorentina).

Booking

Lorenzo Del Pinto (Benevento) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.

Foul by Cheick Diabaté (Benevento).

Germán Pezzella (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Cristiano Biraghi.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Benevento. Cheick Diabaté replaces Cristiano Lombardi because of an injury.

Delay in match Cristiano Lombardi (Benevento) because of an injury.

Booking

Cristiano Lombardi (Benevento) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Cristiano Lombardi (Benevento).

Vincent Laurini (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Massimo Coda (Benevento) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lorenzo Del Pinto.

Foul by Guilherme (Benevento).

Cristiano Biraghi (Fiorentina) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 11th March 2018

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus27232265155071
2Napoli28224262194370
3Roma28175647232456
4Lazio28165766363053
5Inter Milan271410342212152
6AC Milan2714583830847
7Sampdoria2713594738944
8Atalanta2611873829941
9Fiorentina2710893632438
10Torino2781273635136
11Udinese27103143740-333
12Bologna28103153340-733
13Genoa2786132128-730
14Cagliari2775152543-1826
15Chievo2767142344-2125
16Crotone2766152748-2124
17Sassuolo2766151647-3124
18SPAL2859142850-2224
19Hellas Verona2764172551-2622
20Benevento2731231861-4310
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