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Emotional Scenes As Fiorentina Play First Game Since Death Of Davide Astori

Emotional Scenes As Fiorentina Play First Game Since Death Of Davide Astori

On Sunday afternoon, Fiorentina played their first game since the death of Davide Astori.

The Fiorentina captain died last weekend of a suspected heart attack. The club had been scheduled to play Udinese last Sunday. However, after Astori was found dead in his hotel room, all Serie A games were cancelled.

Aged just 31, Astori's funeral took place in Florence on Thursday morning. Thousands stood in the square outside Basilica di Santa Croce.

Prior to kick-off in today's game against Benevento, there was a perfectly observed moment of silence along with applause to celebrate the Italian international's life.

With 13 minutes on the clock - the same number which Astori wore for Fiorentina - the ball was put out of play.

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A first half Vitor Hugo header gave Fiorentina the lead. Hugo celebrated the goal with his teammates before holding up a t-shirt bearing Astori's image and then saluting it.

PJ Browne
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