Sunday March 11 2018
Line-ups: Fiorentina-Benevento

It is going to be the toughest match Fiorentina will ever face, as they return to the field against Benevento for the first time since Davide Astori’s death.

The game kicks off at 11.30 GMT, follow the build-up and action from all today’s Serie A games on the Liveblog.

The Stadio Franchi opens its gates, having been used for the last week as a shrine to the captain, who died in his sleep aged 31 last Sunday.

He was in the team hotel ahead of a planned match against Udinese and never woke up.

His teammates said their goodbyes in Thursday’s funeral, with 7,000 fans in the square outside the Basilica, but this will be a truly emotional event as the stadium will become a giant work of art in his honour.

Goalkeeper Marco Sportiello was the last to see Astori alive, as they were playing videogames the night before, while Vitor Hugo steps in to central defence today.

Benevento are without Sandro, Marco D’Alessandro, Luca Antei and suspended Nicolas Viola, plus Fabio Lucioni continues his doping ban.

They are propping up the table and desperate for points, but it’s almost impossible to think about results on a day like this.

The circle of life goes on, as Benevento defender Alin Tosca became a father yesterday to little Sophia.

Fiorentina: Sportiello; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Vitor Hugo, Biraghi; Benassi, Badelj, Veretout; Saponara; Chiesa, Simeone

Benevento: Puggioni; Sagna, Djimsiti, Tosca, Venuti; Djuricic, Cataldi; Lombardi, Guilherme, Brignola; Coda

Ref: Pasqua

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