Fiorentina-Benevento stops in 13th minute to honor Astori

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

Thousands gather for funeral of Fiorentina captain Davide Astori

Fiorentina paid tribute to their captain Davide Astori ahead of their first match without him following the Italian defender's tragic death at the age of just 31.

After the entire football weekend was postponed, Serie A is back in action with Fiorentina beating Benevento 1-0 at home.

Video screens played images of the Italy defender and the mascots wore either Fiorentina or Cagliari shirts - the latter being one of Astori's former clubs.

The game was halted in the 13th minute - a tribute to Astori's shirt number - as both sets of players let out a deafening round of applause and a tifo of "Davide 13" emblazoned the top tier of Stadio Artemio Franchi.

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The game was paused in the 13th minute as the club's fans commemorated the Italy global with a stunning display.

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.

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

During the last stages of the game, Benevento's Massimo Coda struck the post, with Fiorentina's new captain Milan Badelj also hitting the woodwork.

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