Fiorentina pay emotional Astori tribute before Serie A game

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Fiorentina fans made a stunning tribute to Davide Astori

Fiorentina paid an emotional tribute to former captain Davide Astori as the Italian club played their first game since the sudden death of the 31-year-old 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 revealed cardiac arrest as the most likely cause of death.

The player’s funeral took place on Thursday and Serie A 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!”.

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

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Match ends, Fiorentina 1, Benevento 0.

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, Fiorentina. Diego Falcinelli replaces Giovanni Simeone.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Cristiano Biraghi.

Corner, Benevento. Conceded by Cristiano Biraghi.

Substitution, Benevento. Vittorio Parigini replaces Filip Djuricic.

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

Foul by Gil Dias (Fiorentina).

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

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

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.

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