'Captain Forever': Fiorentina pay emotional tributes to late skipper Davide Astori

Captain Forever- Fiorentina pay emotional Astori tributes

Cagliari were seconds away from a first win in four outings when Immobile bagged his 24th goal of the season by converting Felipe Anderson's pass.

Italy's Serie A resumes this weekend after six days clouded by grief following the sudden death of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori.

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.

Fans unveiled banners in Astori's honour and players warmed up in shirts bearing his name and number, while the match was halted in the 13th minute for a sustained round of applause.

"The Gigliati's" are entertaining Benevento in the league, and, naturally, it was an emotional occasion with Astori on the mind of everyone inside the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

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The ball was kicked out of play and the message 'Davide 13′ was held up in the stands as players, staff and officials applauded. Vitor Hugo, the player who replaced Astori in the starting lineup, scored the only goal of the match in the 25th minute, leaping high to head in Riccardo Saponara's corner.

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

"I will try to do my best to maintain his spirit not just alive, but always present and tangible to all of us who were close to him", he told Mediaset Premium.

The Fiorentina captain died in his sleep one week ago. "We want to keep his wonderful work going".

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