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Serie A bids emotional goodbye to Astori

Serie A bids emotional goodbye to Astori

Play was also halted 13 minutes into Fiorentina's first match without their captain, a tribute to Astori's shirt number, 13.

The 31-year-old Astori was found dead in his hotel room last Sunday after a suspected cardiac arrest before his team was to play an Italian league match at Udinese.

The game was (symbolically) stopped in the 13th minute as everyone applauded in Astori's honour and with fans displaying a lovely choreography on the stands for their captain.

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

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Fiorentina held on to their one-goal lead to win the match and move up to ninth in the table.

Earlier this Fiorentina announced they would be retiring the shirt in memory of their former captain.

The breakthrough came in the 25th minute courtesy of Vitor Hugo, the man who replaced Astori in the Viola line-up and scored his first ever goal for the Florence outfit.

Fiorentina could have added a second in stoppage time at the end of the second half as Milan Badelj hammered a shot from distance off the post, and Marco Benassi somehow blazed the rebound over the bar.


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