Saturday 19 January 2019

Emotional scenes as Fiorentina pay tribute to Astori

Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer
Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich this summer

Jamie Holland

Fiorentina paid emotional tributes to their captain Davide Astori before and during their 1-0 Serie A win over Benevento at Stadio Artemio Franchi yesterday.

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.

Vitor Hugo headed the only goal of the game in the 25th minute and celebrated by hugging coach Stefano Pioli before raising a shirt picturing Astori to the crowd.

Juventus, meanwhile, followed up their dramatic Champions League victory over Tottenham by beating Udinese 2-0 thanks to two goals from Paulo Dybala, the first coming from an excellent free-kick.

That win saw the reigning Italian champions move a point above Napoli, who were held to a goalless draw by Inter Milan, at the top of the table. Juve also have a game in hand on Maurizio Sarri's side.

In Spain, Barcelona's seemingly relentless march towards the La Liga title continued as they beat 10-man Malaga 2-0 at La Rosaleda.

Even without Lionel Messi, who was with his wife following the birth of their third son, Barca had too much for their hosts as they recorded a 22nd win in 28 league games this season.

The contest was as good as over inside the opening half-hour with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho putting Barca two up before Samu Garcia was sent off.

The Malaga winger was shown a straight red card in the 30th minute after lunging in on Jordi Alba, leaving the Spain full-back writhing in agony.

Real Madrid remain 15 points adrift of Barca after Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice to earn them a 2-1 win at Eibar.

Atletico Madrid remain second, eight points behind Barca, after a facile 3-0 victory over Celta Vigo, with Antoine Griezmann, Vitolo and Angel Correa on the scoresheet.

Rodrigo scored both goals as Valencia boosted their top-four hopes with a 2-0 win over Sevilla.

Robert Lewandowski (below) scored his 100th Bundesliga goal for Bayern Munich, completing a hat-trick from the penalty spot, as the runaway leaders extended their stunning unbeaten streak by hammering Hamburg 6-0.

Franck Ribery scored a brace while Arjen Robben was also on target for Bayern, who have not tasted defeat since November 25.

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