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Fiorentina beat Benevento in 1st match since Astori's death

IANS  |  Florence 

honoured their late during the 1-0 win over Benevento in the 28th round of the football championship on Sunday, the side's first match since the 31-year-old's death.

Before the match at the Artemio Franchi stadium, the two teams and fans observed a minute of silence in tribute to the defender, age 31, who died on March 4 in his sleep from an apparent heart attack, reports

Play was then halted in the 13th minute -- Astori's jersey number -- with players giving him an ovation that lasted an entire minute.

Fiorentina's lone goal came in the 25th minute from Brazilian central defender Vitor Hugo, on a header at the left post off a cross from Riccardo Saponara.

Celebrating the goal, Hugo raised up a shirt with a photo of a smiling Astori printed on it.

During the last stages of the game, Benevento's struck the post, with Fiorentina's new also hitting the woodwork.

After the win, Fiorentina sit in the ninth spot in the table with 38 points, while Benevento remain in the last place with only ten points.



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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 22:02 IST