Monday November 11 2019
Simeone: 'Tears were for Astori'

Giovanni Simeone “will remember this match forever” after he broke down in tears remembering Davide Astori during Cagliari’s 5-2 win against Fiorentina.

Astori tragically passed away on March 4 last year and everything stopped after 13 minutes in Sardinia on Sunday, as both his former clubs paid their respects.

Simeone, an ex-Fiorentina player himself, could not hold back the tears as celebrated putting Cagliari 3-0 up by mimicking the No 13 shirt of his former teammate.

“I will remember this match forever. Games between Cagliari and Fiorentina are very special to me,” he told DAZN.

“I will always hold them very close to my heart. I thought a lot about it this week. I was very anxious and emotional, and now I’m very happy.”

The big win also ensured the Rossoblu sat in Serie A’s top four going into the international break...

“We are on the right path, we are doing very well and we need to keep it up,” added the striker, who only arrived at the end of August.

“We are a strong squad. We all have the same objective in mind and we stand united. We can’t think about it [a place in Europe], we need to focus on the next match.

“Now, we will enjoy this week, work and think about the next challenge.”

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