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Fiorentina-Benevento stops in 13th minute to honor Astori

13 March 2018, 10:38 | Charlene Valdez

Thousands gather for funeral of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori

The coffin of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori is carried into Santa Croce church ahead of a funeral service

Astori was found dead in his hotel room last Sunday morning, hours before his team were scheduled to play Udinese in a Serie A match. Astori died from cardiac arrest on March 4.

As a weird quirk, Hugo was wearing the No.31 shirt when he scored exactly 13 minutes after the Astori tribute - at 13:00pm on the dot - on his 13th appearance for La Viola.

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

The 26-year-old - whose shirt number is 31 - headed home a Riccardo Saponara corner and celebrated his maiden Fiorentina goal by running to the bench and saluting an image of the club captain.

A minute's silence was impeccably observed by fans at the Stadio Artemio Franchi as Fiorentina played host to Benevento.

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. He previously spent six seasons at Cagliari and one on loan at AS Roma.

Astori made 14 appearances for Italy between 2012 and 2017 and was in the squad at the Confederations Cup in 2013 where Italy finished third.

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